New Zealand Conducts Consultation on Second Level Domains Policy Review

InternetNZ, through Domain Name Commission Limited (DNC), is currently reviewing the existing Second Level Domains (2LD) policy.

The current policy can be seen at

This policy was last reviewed over 2003-2004 when a Working Group put out papers for public consultation. These papers sought comment on a number of issues including introducing registrations in .nz at the second level and the process for creating a new second level domain. The review resulted in changes to the process of creating a new second level domain but did not introduce .nz registrations at the second level.

Since that last review, three new second level domains have been added to the .nz space –, and All three new second level domains are moderated ones. There have been no new open 2LDs since back in 2003, under the previous policy.

The 2LD Policy sets out the general rules regarding the structure of the .nz domain name space. Appendices to the policy provide the application forms for new 2LDs and a schedule of fees.

Currently the policy includes:

  • the list of open and moderated second level domains, defining the communities of interest reflected in the .nz 2LD structure
  • the criteria for new 2LDs and the process undertaken upon application for a new open or moderated second level domain
  • the procedure for closing an existing 2LD

Comment is welcomed on any aspect of the policy. Submissions can be sent by email to, by fax to (04) 495 2115, or by mail to PO Box 11881, Wellington 6142. As submissions are received they will be published on the DNC website at Submissions should be received by midday on Wednesday 27 January 2010.

This announcement from the Domain Name Commissioner was sourced from Submissions to the consultation can also be seen at the same address.

To register your .NZ domain name, check out Asia Registry here.