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Kia ora 

May marks a busy month of outreach and networking across New Zealand for staff related to privacy, technology and Māori. 

New Zealand’s annual privacy week runs 10-14 May and we will again be releasing our annual transparency report and using the week to communicate how many domain name registrants have privacy attached to their domain name. Details of what is happening across the week are available from the Privacy Commissioner’s website.

Later in the month we will be joining many other New Zealanders in the celebration of Techweek which runs from 22 to 30 May 2021. You can view the programme and learn more at

Together with InternetNZ we will also start our engagement with Māori on matters related to .nz policy formation and enforcement and recommendations from the 2019 Pickens regulatory review. This will be a piece of work running all year and importantly, this will be an opportunity for Māori to tell us what they think the issues are in relation to the management of .nz. 

For all the mums out there, this month also involves a special day so let me take the opportunity to wish all Mums a happy Mother’s Day for 9 May.

Ngā mihi 

Brent Carey
Domain Name Commissioner 

Our work 

InternetNZ and CIRA partner on new registry

Our team are heavily involved in working with their Canadian counterparts on the requirements gathering stage of the new registry replacement project.

CIRA, the Canadian Internet Registry Association, has been awarded the contract to replace our .nz registry system.

The new registry will be fully operational by late 2022.

More information about the registry replacement is on the InternetNZ website.

Quarter 4 activities

The end of 4th quarter numbers have been provided to InternetNZ for publication. Interesting compliance insights from this quarter are:

73 domain names were suspended for registration details that were not validated. 

Six domain name disputes were filed under our dispute resolution scheme

Five disputes were closed - this was for a number of reasons including, complaints actively withdrawing their disputes, as well as settlements reached between the two parties to a dispute.

New 2021 Dispute Resolution decisions 

We have released some decisions this year relating to the resolution of domain name disputes. 

An interesting decision from February 2021 is Jet Charge Pty Limited v Evolution Australia. That dispute involved the right to 

Factors that the expert took into account in declining Jet Charge Pty Limited’s bid to have the domain name transferred to it included that Jet Charge had not established rights in relevant trade marks in New Zealand. (There was no application filed for a relevant registered trade mark and there was no information provided to show New Zealand focused activities in the name of Jet Charge at the time that the domain name was registered.) The absence of a New Zealand link was also relevant to the finding that the registration could not be safely inferred to have been for a purpose to block the complainant from registering the domain name. 

Decisions can currently be found on Our new website will be updated soon to provide access or links to domain name dispute decisions. Decisions are also currently loaded to

Updates for consumers

How to get an authentication code

We regularly receive enquiries from registrants of .nz domain names on how to generate a UDAI (Unique Domain Authentication ID). A UDAI is a unique eight-digit code needed to transfer a .nz domain name from one registrar to another.

We have put together a guide that includes a link to test any UDAI you have received to make sure that it is valid (as UDAI’s do expire).

Get an authentication code (UDAI)

Wait, we don't own that domain name? Help!

Here at the Commission, we often see organisations with multiple domain names that have different registration details. We have some tips to help you protect your domain names

Tips to keep your domain name safe

Updates for industry

Registry Advisory Group Meeting 

We recently held the first Registry Advisory Group meeting of 2021.

This is an appointed group of registrars that the Commission and InternetNZ engage with to ensure that we are effectively communicating our work as well as listening to the requirements of members of the .nz domain name industry.

The group discussed the proposed .nz policy changes and received a high level presentation from the registry replacement team about proposed changes to the .nz registry.



And, as always, please give us feedback via email or on Twitter (@nzdnc). What topics do you want to hear more about, what bullet above is your favourite? What do you want more or less of?

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