Important Changes .NZ Domain Name

Author -  Vaughan Reed

Changes to the .NZ Domain Policy

From 1pm, 30 September 2014 a new domain name policy for .nz will come into effect – ushering in a new era of choice in .nz domain names.

From the 30th of September 2014, people will be able to register the shorter, simpler version of the .nz domain name (i.e. website.nz). All existing options like .co.nz, .org.nz and .govt.nz will continue to work as they always have and people will still be able to get names with them.

There will be a Preferential Registration Eligibility (PRE) period from 1pm, 30 September 2014 and end at 1pm, 30 March 2015 where existing holders of the .nz domain names can register or reserve the shorter version of your .nz domain name before it becomes available to anyone else. If there are multiple holders for the .nz domain (i.e. website.co.nz, website.net.nz, website.org.nz), this will be classed as a 'Conflcted' domain and you will need to register your intent to register the domain and go through a 'conflict' process.

You can check to see the state of your domain name by going to - http://anyname.nz/ (enter your domain in the 'Check your domain status' search box)

If the status is showing as:

  • Will be available - the new domain can be registered on a 'first come, first served' basis
  • Will be PRR - If you are showing as the 'Name with Rights', then you can register or reserve the new domain name
  • Will be Conflicted - you will need to register your intent to register the domain and go through a 'conflict' process 

We strongly recommend you secure the .nz version of your company domain name when it comes available on the 30 September. This new domain name has the potential to become the primary domain name in New Zealand.

If you are unsure of how this will affect your business, please post your comment below or contact us directly.

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