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Changes to domain names

By Claire Barron - 30 Sep 2014

Domain names are changing! From 1pm, 30 September 2014, you will be able to register short and simple domain names like shortandsimple.nz. This change will see second levels (like the '.co' in '.co.nz' and the '.org' in '.org.nz') become optional. For example, if your website is mywebsite.co.nz, you may be able to get mywebsite.nz.

Securing your .nz will depend on the status of the domain name, which will fall into one of four categories:

  1. Available- If you registered your domain name after 3pm on 11 February 2014 (or if no one has registered the domain name), it will be available for general registration as a .nz name from 1pm on 30 September 2014.
  2. Conflicted - Where your name conflicts with other names (e.g. conflict.co.nz; conflict.org.nz and conflict.school.nz) and all those names were registered prior to 9am on 30 May 2012, you will need to agree with the other registrants as to who gets the shorter version.
  3. Prohibited - Some domain names cannot be registered directly using the .nz extension. These names include 'govt', 'government', 'com', 'edu', 'nic'.
  4. Preferential Registration or Reservation(PRR) ­- If your existing domain name has PRR status, you will have preferential rights in the .nz name.  You can register it before anyone else during the period between 1pm on 30 September 2014 and 1pm on 30 March 2015.  You will have PRR status if:
  • You registered a domain name prior to 9am on 30 May 2012, and have kept it current.  If there are conflicting names, then you will need to agree with the other registrants as to who gets the shorter version.
  • You registered a domain name between 9am on 30 May 2012 and 3pm on 11 February 2014 and have kept it current.  If there are conflicting names, the .nz version will be available on a first-come first-served basis from 1pm on 30 September 2014.

After 1pm on 30 March 2015, all .nz names that had PRR status will become available for general registration.

The websites www.anyname.nz/ and www.dnc.org.nz/ have published some useful information regarding the change. At www.anyname.nz/index.html there is a search function which will indicate the status of your domain name.

We are also here to help. Please contact Mike Worsnop or Claire Barron if you have any questions or need assistance to register your domain name.  

Contacts

Claire Barron

Mike Worsnop

 

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