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Dot Kiwi Congratulates InternetNZ

Dot Kiwi Congratulates InternetNZ for their move to Single Level Domains

New Zealand domains follow global trends

30 September 2014

Statement to be attributed to Tim Johnson, Director of Dot Kiwi:

“It’s exciting to see InternetNZ responding to global trends and new competition by allowing registration of .nz, rather than .co.nz and other iterations of .nz. As of today, New Zealanders have a choice of two local, simplified domains, .kiwi and .nz.

“In the next 12 to 18 months, domain name usage is going to change. Domain names like, yourname.kiwi, rather than domain names such as yourname.co.nz, are going to become much more common.

“The governing body of the UK’s domain names has already opened up the simpler .uk domain, whereas previously there was just .co.uk, .org.uk, .me.uk and a few others. It’s great that New Zealand is following suit.

“InternetNZ’s process to change over to a .nz domain is relatively complex and Kiwis will lean on the companies they bought their domains from to help them through the different stages.

“With all these changes, now is a really good time for Kiwis to think about what their email and web addresses say about them to the online world. If you are unable to secure yourname.nz, now might be the time to consider whether you stick with yourname.co.nz, or make the move to yourname.kiwi or similar.

“The .nz domain communicates where a person or their business is geographically, but .kiwi tells them what kind of person or entity they are, no matter where in the world they may be.

One thing that’s nice for us to see is that a healthy proportion of people are already using their .kiwi domains for websites or email, or are in the process of constructing new web pages.”

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