.NZ Launches IDNs Next Week

Domain Name Commissioner logoInternationalised domain names are coming to the .NZ name space next week with domain names using the macronised vowels ā, ē, ī, ō and ū becoming available as of 10.30 on Monday 26 July 2010. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

New Zealand Domain Name Commissioner Debbie Monahan says the launch date for general registrations has been timed to coincide with the start of Māori Language Week, which is significant because, for the first time, New Zealand’s indigenous language, Te Reo Māori, can be correctly represented online.

“Thanks to the successful completion of the global Internationalised Domain Name (IDN) initiative the New Zealand Internet is now more culturally representative.

“The addition of macrons to the .NZ domain name space is a step forward for online identity and the Internet in New Zealand and I encourage those interested in securing a macronised name to take note of the opening of general registrations on 26 July.

“This is the culmination of years of hard work at both local and international levels, and I would like to thank New Zealand’s IDN working group and .NZ Registry Services for their valuable contributions.”

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