.nz names will be available on the 30th of September

July 21st, 2014 at 11:26 am by David Farrar

The .nz Domain Name Commission Ltd has announced:

The Domain Name Commission Limited (DNCL) is pleased to announce that from 1pm, 30 September 2014 a significantly amended .nz policy will come into effect – ushering in a new era of choice in .nz

From that date, people will be able to register shorter, simpler, more representative names immediately before the .nz – as well as the more familiar-looking options like ‘.co.nz’ and ‘.org.nz’. 

All existing options like .co.nz, .org.nz and .govt.nz will continue to work as they always have and people will still be able to get names with them. The change simply means that from 1pm, 30 September 2014 people will be able to get names with them, without them, or both.

A lot of people will have questions about what names can they get, based on their existing registrations. There is a new website to tell you the status of a name:

A website at anyname.nz has been created by the Domain Name Commission for holders of .nz domain names to check out their options and learn more about what the change might mean for them. Anyname.nz also shows what the shorter .nz domain names will look like in a web browser from 1pm, 30 September 2014.

Monahan describes the policy change allowing registrations directly at the second level as a boon for choice – one that opens up an exciting new .nz registration possibility. She encourages all those with an existing .nz domain name to visit anyname.nz or contact their Registrar to check their options and learn more about what’s happening.

The site is very easy to use. I’ve just checked and found (had not checked up until now) that:

  • I have preferential registration status for curia.nz
  • I have preferential registration status for kiwiblog.nz
  • That some one else (in fact two people) has preferential registration status for farrar.nz
  • That dpf.nz will be available on a first in first served basis on 30 September

“The change keeps all the advantages of the current system while expanding choice. Other countries have already made a similar change and now New Zealand is too.”

Holders of .nz domain names wanting to find out more about this exciting, watershed change to the .nz domain name space should contact their Registrar or domain name provider or visit anyname.nz.

Note that I am the current Board Chair of DNCL. The decision to allow registrations at the second level was made last year by on a recommendation from the DNCL Board.

 

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14 Responses to “.nz names will be available on the 30th of September”

  1. Chris2 (766 comments) says:

    It’s a shame that foreign cyber-squatters are entitled to this same preferential registration status.

    I have a org.nz Domain that was registered a year after an Australian company had taken out the co.nz registration. They have never used their domain and are just squatting on it in the hope someone will make them a ludicrous offer for it.

    Because they registered before me, they now have priority for the .nz suffix of that Domain.

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  2. Fletch (6,390 comments) says:

    To be honest, I can see some of the appeal, but not the practicality of these sorts of names.

    It’s cool in the kind of way a personalised plate is, but the .com, .net, and .org names are set in people’s minds and are easy to remember. In telling someone verbally at a meeting what the name of your website is, it would be much easier having a .com then the other person having to try and remember a personalised website appendage as well.

    I can see a lot of confusion over names, and people going to the wrong sites.

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  3. chris (647 comments) says:

    It’s a shame they started the .nz domain space with a second level at all and didn’t just opt for .nz at the start, like e.g. .ca & .ie. However, now that we have .co.nz etc, I personally think they should leave it as it stands now.

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  4. Chris2 (766 comments) says:

    Fletch, unrelated to my post above, a few years ago I registered a co.nz domain.

    Six months later someone wrote asking to buy it and I refused, so they instead registered the org.nz suffix of the domain name and set up business in the exact same field of work I operate in.

    I felt then compelled to register the net.nz domain to prevent it falling into “enemy hands”.

    Three years later my competitor who had the org.nz domain failed to renew it and after the mandatory 90 day waiting period following its expiration, I was able to register it and gain possession of it.

    Now the only reason I registered the net.nz and the org.nz and latterly the .kiwi suffix was to protect my business after already having first-hand experience of someone trying muscle in and trade off my business reputation by having an almost identical domain name. That’s why I will be snapping up the .nz domain when it becomes available – preserving my business from underhand competitors.

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  5. NK (1,244 comments) says:

    Quick, quick, I’m off to register Labour.nz

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  6. Fletch (6,390 comments) says:

    Chris2, yep that’s a fair enough reason totally.
    I guess my post was more on the people who register the new names because of the novelty.

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  7. Kimble (4,440 comments) says:

    Quick, quick, I’m off to register Labour.nz

    Hopefully I can get Gree.nz!

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  8. davidp (3,581 comments) says:

    Chris2>Now the only reason I registered the net.nz and the org.nz and latterly the .kiwi suffix was to protect my business after already having first-hand experience of someone trying muscle in and trade off my business reputation by having an almost identical domain name.

    This is why multiplying domain name suffixes don’t actually server to increase the potential name space. Or convey any useful information about the names, apart from well-managed spaces like govt.nz. It is just a way for domain name registrars to extract a bit more money out of people.

    I’m not convinced that domain names provide much utility these days. People discover information via Google then bookmark it. Discovering a site by typing a domain name isn’t as common or as useful.

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  9. jp_1983 (213 comments) says:

    labour17 anyone?

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  10. thor42 (971 comments) says:

    This is great! Good to have the choice of (say) foo.nz as well as foo.co.nz or foo.org.nz.

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  11. Chris2 (766 comments) says:

    davidip – yes I agree with you, but a domain name is still largely a “brand name” and that’s worth protecting.

    In an ideal world I would not have had to register three extra suffixes to protect my brand, but felt compelled to do so, especially after I started getting calls from my competitors’ customers asking about progress with their work. That’s the sort of confusion that can arise when two competing businesses have almost identical domain names.

    The Domain Name Commissioner only heard 43 complaints for all of 2013, so there are not too many disputes about Domain Names to be resolved.

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  12. gump (1,649 comments) says:

    @Chris2

    “The Domain Name Commissioner only heard 43 complaints for all of 2013, so there are not too many disputes about Domain Names to be resolved.”

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    Given the large costs of mounting a legal action to reclaim a domain, I’m surprised that there were even 43 complaints.

    It’s as expensive process for complainants to go through.

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  13. Rex Widerstrom (5,354 comments) says:

    PMof.NZ is available. I wonder who’ll be smart enough to register it first?

    Cue panic in the “war room” in 3… 2… :-D

    edit: So is “BadNewsFor.NZ”… just in case anyone was interested.

    Just “fomenting happy mischief” and all…

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  14. Chris2 (766 comments) says:

    This thread is inactive now, but for the sake of completeness I disagree with gump (above) about the costs of mounting a challenge. There are three levels of dispute.

    Level 1 – Mediation is free.
    Level 2 – Expert determination has a $2,000 fee.
    Level 3 – For appeals only, involves a panel of three experts and has a fee of $7,000

    If an applicant chooses to engage high priced legal help then that’s down to them, but I don’t think the level 2 fee is, as gump claims, a “large cost”.

    And of the 43 complaints, most were settled at mediation (free) or withdrawn. Only nine applicants paid for an Expert Determination.

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