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.Maori.NZ Launches September 5

30 August 2002

.Maori.NZ Launches September 5

InternetNZ will launch the new Second Level Domain, '', moments after the 11:00am zonepuchon September 5 2002. InternetNZ President Keith Davidson noted that there were two firsts in relation to the launch of '' - it is the first new Second Level Domain in the New Zealand namespace since 1996, and the first indigenous people's space on the global Internet.

Davidson noted that the new domain will be open for anyone to register a domain name in, in line with the proposal to create the new Second Level Domain put forward by Te Whanau Ipurangi/The New Zealand Maori Internet Society Inc. "InternetNZ's Domain Name Commissioner, Debbie Monahan, recommended that the Maori Internet Society, as proposers of the domain, will be entitled to pre-purchase their own name and two others (, and if they choose. The Council was happy to endorse this recommendation in light of the work NZMIS does in promoting the Internet among Maori" said Davidson.

All other registrations will be dealt with on the basis of "first come, first served", the standard practice for .nz registrations. InternetNZ expects that all current providers of domain name registration services in .nz, including Domainz, will offer registrations under ''.

People interested in registering names under '' are encouraged to approach providers directly. InternetNZ cannot recommend any one provider over another, but a full list of providers can be found in NetGuide Magazine or online at


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