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Keeping .nz fair for everyone.

Kia ora 

In September, I travelled to Malaysia for ICANN75. The meeting — convened by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) — brought together stakeholders to discuss and develop policy and practice as it relates to the Domain Name System. The various participant communities each have their own work programs, and .nz is principally part of the CCNSO (Country Code Name Supporting Organisations), but many of the attendees were following the GNSO (Generic Name Supporting Organisations) streams of work related to top-level domain spaces that are not run by countries — for example, .com or .org. 

The CCNSO sessions included updates on how different countries are promoting digital inclusion. It was new ground for me to hear about the experiences of communities who do not use Latin script and their efforts to have IDNs (Internationalised Domain Names) delegated. Related, there was discussion on the effects of the dominance of English on the internet and the difficulties that some communities experience accessing keyboards that use their own scripts. I note that .nz started supporting the characters ā, ē, ī, ō, and ū (which make up the .nz IDNs) in 2010.

We receive complaints of unauthorised transfer of domain names from time to time, so I followed with interest the session on transfer policy as well as the topical discussions on responding to DNS Abuse and access requests for registry data.

I came away with an increased understanding of potential issues that can arise, having made valuable contacts in what is an inherently global industry; and with new ideas about how to benchmark our work. This new knowledge will be invaluable as the Commission moves to review and refresh our compliance approach in the months ahead.

Ngā mihi


Isobel Egerton 

Interim Domain Name Commissioner

Updates from the team

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ShopSafe campaign update 

It’s getting to that time of the year — we are in October already! Each year we run a Shop Safe NZ campaign in the lead-up to Christmas. We want to highlight ways to keep safe online when shopping around for those deals. Look out for more information in our next newsletter.

New Policy Notification

InternetNZ has been running the .nz policies review process since 2019. As a result, the different sets of .nz principles and policies in the five existing policy documents have been combined into one document called .nz Rules.

The .nz Rules will provide a more coherent policy framework that is linked in a user-friendly way.

.nz Rules update for registrars

Contacting domain name holders marked as private

Upcoming changes to our website post InternetNZ Registry System go-live on 1 November 2022 will include a new Message Delivery Form.

The new privacy option, starting November 1st, will mean that the Commission’s WHOIS query service will no longer show the registrant’s email address and the new Message Delivery Form will allow an interested party to make contact with a registrant whose domain name is marked as private. 

Eligible domain name holders can elect the privacy option at the time of registering a domain name and can change their selection at any time afterwards.

See new .nz policy (section 6.2) for the domain name privacy setting

Market Activity 

One of the Commission’s functions is to maintain an understanding of the competitiveness of the .nz marketplace. We reported on our key observations in our annual report. 

Learn more about the marketplace in our annual report

Interesting news and media 


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Annual report 2022 now online
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