Consulting on whether .nz should be opened up

June 17th, 2013 at 4:00 pm by David Farrar

The .nz Domain Name Commission (note I am a director of it) is consulting on a revised proposal to allow registrants to register .nz at the second level (anyname.nz) rather than only the third level (anyname.2ld.nz).

A major concern expressed by some submitters was that existing registrants could feel “forced” to incur extra costs in registering anyname.nz on top of their existing anyname.co.nz name.  To mitigate this issue, DNCL is proposing that existing registrants be able to reserve registration of the equivalent of their current name at the second level (for no cost for at least two years).   DNCL believes this modified proposal delivers significant benefits to registrants without disadvantaging those who do not wish to use a name at the second level.  There are also other changes to the proposal following the initial consultation.

If you’re interested in this issue, I encourage you to make a submission at the above link.

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4 Responses to “Consulting on whether .nz should be opened up”

  1. iMP (2,386 comments) says:

    I think nz is a great idea, as per au. Fortunately there is no NZ as a US State (NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC) so let’s go for it.

    We should at least try and “open up” Northland. This was interesting…

    http://conzervative.wordpress.com/2013/06/17/prejudice-in-northland/

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  2. Viking2 (11,484 comments) says:

    Unsure about this. Its too easy for the well funded to crowd you out of the market place by adopting the new .nz and then pouring lots of time and effort into seo and all the other stuff that makes websites work. Essentially using a rip off of your company name is anti competitive.
    Allowing 2 years grace won’t change that situation and really then still forces the encumbent to spend the money with the Domain Name commission.
    People/ businesses should develop their own Brand name, and that’s what we are talking about here, and that should essentially be protected by by copyright, prior use and by the domain register. Anything really becomes extortion.

    Look what happened with link farms. Despite having the best websites with the best information you were still gazumped by the link farms. Google saw the light and moved them to the tip where they belonged.

    While I can see why people would use .nz there should be no reason for a competitor to have open slather on your name or website
    brand. I can also see that there are plenty of unscrupulous who would. (lefties of course.)
    and I could do it to my competitors cause I know more than them.

    How would you go on say kiwiblog1.nz or iwiblog.nz ot kiwibog.nz or kiwiblg.nz Its not one you need but about a dozen if you want to stop a really moneyed persistent bloger.

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  3. iMP (2,386 comments) says:

    and here’s a list of all the postal/web abbreviations for the nations starting with N.

    http://conzervative.wordpress.com/2013/06/17/nz-web-suffixes/

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  4. gump (1,650 comments) says:

    The .nz TLD is an expensive and worthless ghetto.

    There’s no reason for any New Zealand company to use it.

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