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Kia ora 

ShopSafeNZ, our annual shopping safely with a .nz campaign launches during Cyber Smart Week 18-24 October ending December 26 with the Boxing Day retail sales.  

It’s supported by a number of online safety partners and is a chance for us to promote a safer .nz. Will you join us? Just email us to say you are in and we’ll add your logo to our supporters page and share our resources. It’s as simple as that. 

Shopping online with a .nz is pretty mainstream these days — it’s remarkable how much shopping over the internet we do, spurred on by more online e-commerce and COVID-19 lockdowns.  

Now in its third year, our #ShopSafeNZ campaign has had a bit of a makeover moving on from our gingerbread helpers dishing out online shopping safety tips at 

We’ve created a new micro site within our main website at to be the new home of our shop safer messaging. Here is a sneak peak at what it looks like.

Screenshot of the new ShopSafeNZ page. Text: Something phisy?

The site will officially launch 18 October. 

We’ll be releasing some consumer research into New Zealanders .nz shopping habits in October. There will also be a number of resources released in November and December designed to help consumers raise complaints about a .nz with appropriate agencies as well as social media activities people can get behind.  

There are steps that we can all take to make the .nz domain name space a safer place. 

Please encourage everyone you know to join the kōrero in our communities and networks about how we can all strive for a safer .nz.

I hope you have been enjoying your daylight saving bonus hour.  

Ngā mihi

Brent Carey
Domain Name Commissioner 

Updates from the team

Market competition study published

Mark Cox from BERL was asked to report to the Domain Name Commissioner on the health of the market for consumers in the .nz space following increased market concentration in the .nz registrar market and we released that report last week. 

Finalists on Plain English awards

We're very proud to be announced as finalists in the 2021 Plain English awards. This recognition is for our annual report released in July 2021. We were finalists in 2018, we are hoping to go one better and win this year. Results are out on 14 October.

On the move  

End of November/start December we’ll be moving premises together with InternetNZ to our new offices at 18 Willis Street. We look forward to welcoming people to our new offices in the New Year.

Dispute resolution service 

New decision - Würth International AG v Zhu Xumei [2021] NZDNC 1426

The complainant is a company belonging to the globally active Würth Group. The group is a wholesaler of fasteners, screws and screw accessories, dowels, chemicals, electronic and electromechanical components, furniture and construction fittings, tools, machines, installation material, automotive hardware, inventory management, storage and retrieval systems. 

The complainant claimed that the respondent registered the domain name - Wuerth - intending to sell it for profit noting that the respondent had made an unsolicited offer to sell the domain name to the Würth’s IT service company for USD 2000.

The expert determined that this was an unfair registration and ordered the transfer of the domain name to Würth for the following reasons:

  • the complainant had rights in respect of the trade mark, “Würth”;

  • the spelling of “Wuerth” is a recognised transcription of the spelling of “Würth” (‘ue’ is often used to replace the umlaut in ‘ü’), and as “Wuerth” is the dominant element of the domain name it qualified as either identical, or least similar, to the complainant’s mark;

  • the complainant had provided sufficient evidence to show the respondent had registered the domain name for the purpose of sale for profit.

Read High Court decision via

Update for .nz domain name holder

Data about the location of providers of .nz domains

We have a total of 80 registrars that were on the books at the end of August 2021. Find out where in New Zealand or overseas the providers are located. 

Who provides .nz domain names?

Updates for industry

Registry replacement project

The Registry Replacement project is progressing with the registry replacement team  recently having run the fifth registrar technical forum on the 29 and 30 of Sept. The same session was run over two different time zones. Feel free to check the meeting notes as these get posted on INZ Product Documentation.   

Newly onboarded .nz registrars have received a recent update from the registry replacement team to get them on track in terms of the project status, what is coming up, the ways to stay up-to-date and continuously engage.

We will be holding a Registrars Advisory Group (RAG) meeting on 26 October with the main discussion items being updates from DNC, updates from InternetNZ and the registry, and latest updates about the registry replacement project.  

Outreach and engagement

Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism. 

Brent has been appointed to the working group of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism on crisis response. 

The GIFCT is the industry counter-terrorism body founded by a coalition of Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Amazon. Over the next year the working group will be developing response protocols aimed at preventing and disrupting  terrorist use of the internet.

APTLD and the Pacific IGF

Our team helped organise and presented at this year’s joint meeting of APTLD and the PacificIGF, and have helped foster closer working relationships between the Pacific and with Asia. In particular, we have advocated the importance of capability building between ccTLD administrators and knowledge sharing.  

Brent is Vice Chair of the Asia Pacific Top Level Domain Name Association and has shared his outtakes in a blog.

Inhope Summit, 21-22 September

Some of our team attended this year’s INHOPE Summit. The theme of the virtual conference was Digital First Responders. What is a Digital First Responder? To find out take a look at the key takeaways: Recap day 1 and Recap day 2.

Youth Internet Governance Virtual Camp 2021

Some of our team joined other young professionals and university students all across Asia Pacific for a 4-day virtual camp, 17-20 September. This year’s theme “Envisioning a sustainable Internet for today and tomorrow” focused on the ramifications of internet hardware on the environment and geopolitics, and whether cryptocurrency is harming our planet. It was fantastic to be a part of the event.

Interesting news 

Upcoming events


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