& the GII
This profile looks at administration of the dot-nz space
- the New Zealand ccTLD.
The profile covers -
overview, with an introduction to the cctLD and its
- the shape and size of the dot-nz space
- registry, registrars, policy bodies and rules
- key figures regarding the dot-nz space
- a brief history of the space
There is a separate more detailed profile covering Australia's
dot-au space and auDA, the
nonprofit body responsible for developing and administering
This site includes detailed information about domain names,
network issues and the
governance of cyberspace.
New Zealand's domain space
Management of domain names in New Zealand has had a somewhat
trajectory to that in Australia, passing from an academic
volunteer through to a non-profit non-government organisation
(encompassing policy, registry and registrar responsibilities)
to the current regime where there is a separation of policy
and administration. In contrast to the Australian regime
the national government has not enacted legislation to
provide a 'safety-net' regarding potential policy/administrative
failures, conceivable given the small number of players
and the visceral nature of some disagreements.
Like dot-au the New Zealand ccTLD features a range of
second level domains (some with only a handful of names);
new 2LDs are being added to reflect the enthusiasms of
particular stakeholders, with for example a 'geek' 2LD.
In April 2004 InternetNZ sought
public comment on a proposed revised policy for 2LD registrations.