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Keeping .nz fair for everyone.

Kia ora 

I asked our rōpū mahi (work group) to choose one word to describe the feeling they wanted to experience while working at the Domain Name Commission for 2022. Did you know choosing one kupu matua (word) for 2022 has a higher success rate for the way you shape the year?

Here’s our list:

  • Connected 
  • Efficient 
  • Understanding 
  • Empowered 
  • Thrive 
  • Supported 
  • Refreshed
  • Grounded 

Do any of these words resonate for you?

As we close out our 2021/22 financial year and ready ourselves for new things to do in 2022 we’ll carry these words with us into our culture. The team hope they might inspire you too. 

Our first big piece of mahi for the year, our new online dispute resolution platform, launches next month bringing a new, modern pathway for registrants and end-users to settle their disputes with one another. Watch out for further kōrero opportunities about online dispute resolution in February and March.  

May your 2022 bring you and your whānau health, happiness, and prosperity. And in the words of Albert Einstein “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.”

Ngā mihi

Brent Carey
Domain Name Commissioner 

.nz domain name holders

Conflicted domain names 

Registrants with conflicted names need to check that their registrant email address is up to date and keep an eye out for information coming out from late February 2022 regarding how to use the new Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) service to resolve the sets of conflicted domain names. 

We are prioritising these disputes in our new ODR offering in light of advice received in 2020 by the .nz Advisory Panel that an end date for resolving these disputes should be introduced. 

We are excited about the new e-negotiation tool and expect it to increase resolution figures. (320 names were resolved in 2021 but 1636 conflicted sets remain.)

Deals too good to be true, are probably a scam

Someone holding a credit and typing on a laptop
At the end of last year, with Black Friday sales finishing, Christmas, then Boxing Day sales, we put together our tips for shopping safe online and how to be alert to opportunistic scammers.
Deals too good to be true?

Domain name price survey 

Registrar prices in NZ. Median registrar price (excl tax, 1Y registration) based on all available data. Sample: <45 registrars
Pricing is an indicator of how the market for .nz domains is functioning. Every six months the Commission collects data and calculates the median price of .nz domain names. The latest figures (December 2021) show a small lowering of the price in both and .nz with both having a median price (excluding GST and taxes) of $35.00 for a year’s registration.
Reports on competition, pricing, and more...

Report by numbers — quarter three

1 October to 31 December 2021 highlights: 

  • 287 email enquiries (previous quarter 317), and 95 phone enquiries (previous quarter 130). 
  • 73 domain names went into our data validation processes (down nearly 44%) from the previous quarter. 
  • 26 domain names referred to us in this period were cancelled (previous quarter 37).
  • There were 8 urgent domain name suspensions completed in the quarter (previous quarter 24).  
The Commission suspends domains where registrants do not validate their registrant information when contacted.

Dispute resolution service - No transfer awarded

The complainant claimed that the disputed domain name - - was being used as “an intranet” and was using the HAVAIANAS trademark “to attract their registered users.” The complainant had trademarks in HAVAIANAS and operated websites at and and sold HAVAIANAS flip-flops, clothing, and other summer accessories, having traded for 60 years.  

In seeking to establish that the registration was unfair, the complainant relied on the notoriety of the Havaianas trademark and its worldwide use and asserted that the respondent must have been aware of the complainant’s rights meaning that the registration was either a blocking registration or was made with the purpose of disrupting the complainant’s business. 

The expert noted that only acts or omissions within three years of the complaint could be considered (this registration was made in 2005) and found that the complainant had not established an unfair registration. The expert also rejected the claim that due to irregularities with the domain registration data the registrant had knowingly provided false contact details. The request to transfer was declined.

Full decision here...

Companies seeking .nz authorisation and connection in 2022 

From the end of February applicants seeking authorisation to become a .nz registrar will no longer test or be connected to our Shared Registry System. 

Applicants from February onwards will be set up in our new InternetNZ Registry System (IRS). 

Further details about IRS will continue to be posted on InternetNZ Docs site.

Interesting news and events


NZ's domain name administrator selects Dialpad to power customer service

Centre global domain name  Stats report released  

APTLD 2022 election results

How will Tonga's broken internet cable be mended?

COVID-19 vax most popular topic for phishing attacks in 2021

Upcoming events

8 February Safer Internet Day

21 February – 3 March APNIC 53 with APRICOT 2022. Online

23 – 24 February APTLD81  hybrid meeting Dubai/online  

7 – 10 March ICANN


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