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Feedback sought on biggest change to domain name system

Feedback sought on how to implement the biggest change to New Zealand’s domain name system

The Domain Name Commission Limited (DNCL) has released its final public consultation paper seeking feedback on the implementation of registrations directly at the second level in the .nz domain name space.

This paper follows on from the InternetNZ Council’s decision in October 2013 to allow for this change - one that will see more .nz domain name choice and availability.

Registrations directly at the second level means someone could register ‘’ as well as ‘’. You will note that the ‘.co’ portion is no longer included.

DNCL Board Chair David Farrar says this third and final consultation paper is the result of two years worth of outreach efforts with the public and detailed policy considerations over how the change would work for people already with domain names, and for those who might want them.

“In an industry that keeps changing, many people have asked for this evolution of the .nz domain name space and soon it’s going to be possible,” he says.

“We’ve thought long and hard about how to make this change happen and we believe we’ve come up with a proposal that fully protects the .nz domain name space and all who use it.”

Among others, some of the benefits of registrations directly at the second level mean more domain name choice, more representative domain names and the alignment of New Zealand with many other countries that have already made this change.

This consultation paper seeks feedback only on the implementation of the change and does not reconsider the issue itself.

Full details of the consultation document and background material are available at

The cut-off date for submissions is March 11, 2014.


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