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.NZ Shows How to Consult Over Plans to Merge 3-into-One

The InternetNZ Council has released plans to merge the 3 bodies that manage different aspects of .NZ into one. The plans follow an organisational review of the InternetNZ group (InternetNZ, the Domain Name Commission and NZRS) initiated by the Council in late 2016.

The current structure was designed in 2002 and has not been reviewed since 2008. The scale and impact of the Internet on society over the past decade has been enormous and is evolving rapidly – making InternetNZ’s role as a voice for the local internet community even more important. The review sought to understand whether we are still best setup to deliver on our vision in this changing environment.

InternetNZ’s current organisational approach was developed from 2000 to 2002 to support responsibilities for running the .nz ccTLD. This saw the membership-based incorporated society setting up two focused centres of expertise and governance:

  • a domain name policy function, to develop and enforce the .nz policy framework, authorise registrars, represent .nz internationally, provide a Dispute Resolution Service and assure the service quality of the .nz offering (now DNCL)
  • a registry function, to develop and operate the Shared Registry System and the DNS infrastructure for .nz (NZRS).

InternetNZ is responsible for “the strategic direction and operationally deliver on the Objects of the Society.”

The consultation paper notes that the “evolution of the policy framework for .nz is largely complete, and no major policy issues are foreseen in the near future. DNCL has been considering how to best resource the current work programme which may result in a smaller organisation.”

The Council is now consulting on a proposed change to our organisational design which, if accepted, would see the three organisations merge to become one, governed by one Council. If the proposals are accepted, the size and composition of the Council will be reviewed in 2018 including whether to reduce the size and how to ensure the right skills are on board to support high quality governance.

If the proposed changes are accepted they would be implemented in 2 key phases:

  • The first phase would be to establish a new Chief Executive position for the proposed consolidated organisation, employed by InternetNZ and appointed by the Council
  • In the second phase, the person appointed to the proposed new Chief Executive position would be tasked with reviewing and proposing a structure for the organisation with little change below the Chief Executive level.

In this interim period, the current senior managers in InternetNZ, DNCL and NZRS would move to report to the new Chief Executive, with a small number of other minor changes to reporting lines in order to ensure the number of direct reports to the proposed new Chief Executive is manageable.

Employees, members and stakeholders are welcome to provide feedback on these proposals, with the consultation closing on 30 June.

The changes are in stark contrast to plans across the “ditch” for .au where auDA has announced they will be taking over running the registry, which has been run since 2002 by AusRegistry (now owned by Neustar) with the consultation to take place after the decision has been made.

The consultation paper is available to download here.

Personal .NZ Registrations To Get Whois Privacy

Individual registrants who register their .nz domain names for personal use will be able to withhold their phone number and contact address from publicly appearing in domain registrant searches from 28 November.

The change to the public registrant details has come about after the Domain Name Commission completed a review of the Whois domain registrant search. After five rounds of consultation and 133 submissions from individuals and organisations, their input led to the development of this policy to become a major change in the .nz space.

The option to withhold contact information will be available from the 28 November 2017 with all .nz registrars having to offer the service from 28 March 2018. This timeline allows the registry and registrars to make any changes required in their systems.

The Domain Name Commissioner Debbie Monahan is pleased with the robust discussion around this privacy measure and encourages individual registrants to think about using this option if they feel it's best for them.


.NZ Works To Resolve “Conflicted” Domains

The .NZ Domain Name Commissioner has issued proposed changes to enable the resolution of “conflicted” domain names following the release of second level domains. The changes aren’t changes to the process, which currently has no time limits, but rather one of engagement and requiring action to resolve the conflict.

The problem has arisen where registrants of domains for the New Zealand country code top level domain (ccTLD) such as anyname.co.nz, anyname.net.nz and anyname.org.nz all have rights to the second level domain, anyname.nz, and they cannot reach agreement about who can register anyname.nz.

At the time of the release of second level registrations on 30 September 2014, it was documented in the policy that the process for considering registrations of conflicted names would be reviewed two years after that date. The DNC have now done that review and identified some proposed changes.

Currently there are 2 ways to resolve conflicts – either an agreement is reached between the parties that have currently registered the conflicted domains or for all but one of the conflicted names to be cancelled and released, leaving only one remaining.

When second level registrations were launched there were 36,771 conflicted domains but only 5,903 have done anything to resolve the problem. The proposed changes gives registrants of conflicted domains 12 months to resolve the problem.

In the case of a conflict set involving 2 domain names, the failure of one registrant to lodge a preference would mean the conflict was resolved in the favour of the registrant who had lodged a preference, assuming the preference they lodged was to try and get the shorter version of their name (currently 91.8% of preferences lodged are for this). Where no preferences are lodged in a conflict set, the conflict would automatically be resolved with the name becoming available for registration on a first come, first served basis.

For more information on the proposed changes, see the .NZ Domain Name Commissioner announcement here.

.NZ Introduces WHOIS Privacy For Individual Registrants

From today (1 November) individuals registering, or who have registered, a .nz domain name are able to mask the registrant’s contact address from being publicly displayed due to privacy and personal safety concerns the Domain Name Commissioner (DNCL) announced.The change is provisional as there is currently a major review underway to determine what information should be displayed when a WHOIS search is done on a .nz domain name. Throughout the review, DNCL has become aware that some individual registrants are concerned for privacy and personal safety reasons about having their contact address publicly displayed.The provisional address masking option has been introduced to help alleviate these concerns while DNCL carries on with its WHOIS review. Those wanting to take advantage of the option will have his or her contact address masked with a unique reference code and DNCL’s P.O. Box address.Domain Name Commissioner Debbie Monahan says DNCL is currently running a public consultation – asking for the community’s feedback on two policy options for withholding some information in the WHOIS, including contact address information.”In the meantime,” she says, “the address masking option announced today is intended to allay any personal safety concerns around public display of address information while we finish up our review and implement any permanent policy changes – expected to be later in 2017.”With the provisional address masking option, any individual registrant can ask that their contact address is masked from display in the .nz WHOIS. This doesn’t change their contact address information recorded on the .nz Register; it just means that information can’t be seen when someone does a WHOIS search on their domain name. Any mail sent to the masked address displayed on the WHOIS will be forwarded to the address on the Register, by DNCL.Importantly, says Monahan, the masking option is open to any individual registrant who is concerned for whatever reason about having their contact address publicly visible. She encourages all individual registrants to make use of it if they feel the need.The address masking is a straightforward process, but can only be effected by DNCL. It works by having individual registrants email DNCL from their email address on record. The DNCL office will then run some basic verification checks before applying the masking.The option is not available to businesses or organisations.

InternetNZ Opens Consultation On Draft .NZ Framework Policy

InternetNZ logoInternetNZ opened a public consultation on a draft policy on 21 July that sets out the principles, roles and responsibilities in the operation of the .nz ccTLD.

The draft policy intends to clearly reflect the status quo for how .nz works. Is it accurate? Could changes help improve it?

The consultation paper and the draft policy is available to download at: https://internetnz.nz/consultation

Please share your thoughts by email to consultation@internetnz.net.nz – the consultation closes on Monday 5 September at 5.00pm.

Domain Name Commission calls for public comment on .NZ WHOIS review

NZ Domain Name Commissioner logo[news release] As part of a wide-ranging two stage review, the Domain Name Commission Limited (DNCL) has today launched the first of two public consultations on the .nz WHOIS.

The WHOIS is the publicly available search service that that lets people find registration information for a .nz domain name. Using the WHOIS is commonly known as a ‘domain name search’.

In this first public consultation, members of the public and interested stakeholders are being asked to comment on a number of matters, including why .nz registrant data should / or should not be collected and made publicly available in the WHOIS.

To assist with people’s understanding of the .nz WHOIS and how it currently works, DNCL has put together a consultation paper and a one-page overview at https://dnc.org.nz/whois-review-consultation-1.

The deadline for making a submission on the first public consultation is 6 November 2015. Submissions can be made by email to policies@dnc.org.nz, or by mail to PO Box 11 881, Wellington.

A second consultation and public meetings in Christchurch, Auckland, Wellington and online will follow later in the year on what information is displayed in the WHOIS, and how.

Domain Name Commissioner Debbie Monahan says public feedback will help inform DNCL’s thinking as it progresses the WHOIS review, and encourages all interested parties to familiarise themselves with the first public consultation and make a submission.

For more information about DNCL’s .nz WHOIS review process and associated public consultations please visit https://dnc.org.nz/whois-review-consultation-1.

This Domain Name Commissioner news release was sourced from:

.NZ Policy Framework Review Consultation

NZ Domain Name Commissioner logoOverview

The Domain Name Commission is proposing a simplification of the .nz policy framework that could see 13 of the 14 current polices replaced by three polices. Public comment is now sought on this simplification and modernisation of the .nz policy framework.

The consultation paper and draft proposed policies can be found below, with submissions due 11am Monday, 3 August 2015.

Following the most recent evolution in .nz policy to allow second level registrations, it is timely to review the policy framework as a whole to ensure it remains relevant to the current operation of .nz, and that it is also flexible enough to endure for another ten years or more.

The review seeks to simplify and modernise the policy framework around how .nz operates rather than change it. The general policy principles .nz operates to, and the way the current system operates, will continue largely unchanged.

The one area where there is a proposed change is around use of the .nz data. As part of this review, DNCL has been asked by InternetNZ to consider making allowance in the policy for use of .nz data by NZRS to offer new services. Up until this time the .nz policies have prevented DNS and other data being used for new services. Provision has been made in the policies drafted for public consultation to allow proposals for use of .nz data to be considered if they would serve the local Internet community.

In addition to seeking comments generally about the policies being consulted on, we would welcome any comments people may have on this particular aspect. It is important to note that DNCL will remain responsible for approving any use of .nz data for new services by NZRS or any other entity.

Proposed changes
It is proposed that there be four policies. This consultation seeks comments on three of these policies, as detailed in the consultation paper.

Comments are sought on the proposed amendment to the .nz policy framework, and where applicable on the detail of the policies themselves. If preferable you may choose to answer via these questions:

Would the proposed changes to the .nz policy framework be simpler for participants in the .nz Domain Name Space?

Are there any other changes or improvements to the .nz policy framework that you would like to suggest?

Are there any other comments you would like to make?

Submissions are due 11am, Monday 3 August 2015. Submissions can be made via email to policies@dnc.org.nz, via post to P.O. Box 11-881, Wellington 6142, or via fax to +64 4 495 2115.

All submissions will be published on the DNCL website as received.

Consultation paper html | pdf

Draft Policy Development Policy html | pdf

Draft Principles and Responsibilities html | pdf

Draft Operations Policy html | pdf

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Clock Ticks Down To Major .NZ Domain Name Change

New Zealand Domain Name Commissioner Anyname Second Level NZ image[news release] At the end of this month the .nz domain name space will undergo a momentous, once in a generation change. From 1pm, 30 September 2014 people will be able to register domain names directly before the .nz – e.g. anyname.nz.

.nz domain names can be seen almost everywhere these days. Most familiar are .co.nz names, but there are many others including .org.nz, .net.nz and .govt.nz. It’s important to know that these types of name will continue to exist. The change simply means that people could register names with them, without them, or both.

For example, someone could get anyname.nz as well as anyname.co.nz. Registering one of these new, shorter names is called ‘registering directly at the second level’, and people who already have a website or email address ending in .nz need to understand what’s happening so they can act on any special options available to them.

This is because many will be eligible to register or reserve the shorter .nz version of their name before anyone else, if they wanted to. Some people may find their name is ‘conflicted’, in which case there’s a process in place to make sure their views are heard.

Domain Name Commissioner Debbie Monahan says the important thing for people to do at this stage is to go to Domain Name Commission’s anyname.nz website and check the status of their existing .nz name.

There’s a wealth of educational information on anyname.nz – plain English explanations about registrations directly at the second level and what this means for people who already have a .nz name.

Anyname.nz features an info-graphic that people can use to navigate their options and a comprehensive list of FAQs covering off the registration, reservation and conflicted names processes. There’s also a number of animated videos on anyname.nz, giving an easily digestible overview of what’s changing.

“For those not interested in this change, that’s fine. Their existing .nz name will continue to work as it always has. But for others this new type of name will make for a more easily remembered, visually appealing domain name,” says Monahan.

“Remember, 30 September is not that far away and as the clock ticks to go-live it’s important that everybody who already has a .nz domain name goes to anyname.nz to learn about the change and what it means for them individually.”

This Domain Name Commissioner news release was sourced from:

Domain Name Commission warns .NZ registrants

NZ Domain Name Commissioner logoThe Domain Name Commission (DNC) is warning people who have a relationship with 24/7 Hosting, or who are considering using their services in future, to beware of their activities in respect of the registration and management of .nz domain names.  This warning does not include their hosting services, for which the DNC has no responsibility.

The DNC has received complaints in relation to the following:

  • 24/7 Hosting receiving money for a 12 month renewal of a domain name but only renewing the name for a month
  • 24/7 Hosting registering some of the names they register in their own name rather than in the name of the person requesting the registration meaning the true registrant cannot manage or control the domain name
  • 24/7 Hosting putting their email address in the record meaning that if the registrant requested a UDAI (the code to allow a transfer to a new registrar) it would be sent to 24/7 and not to the registrant
  • 24/7 Hosting failing to respond to email enquiries and apparent disconnection of the company’s 0800 number.

The DNC has investigated these complaints and sought a response from 24/7 Hosting. As a result of 24/7 Hosting’s failure to respond to DNC’s requests, DNC has found the complaints to be valid.

As of 26 May 2014, 24/7 Hosting have made contact with the DNC and acknowledge that they have not been fulfilling their requirements to their customers but that a change of ownership of the company is in progress and that their priority is rectifying the concerns outlined above.  The DNC notes this contact but still has concerns about their ability and capacity to address fully the concerns raised by the DNC.

Debbie Monahan, Domain Name Commissioner, said 24/7 Hosting’s behaviour has been contrary to the .nz policies that were created to protect registrants.

“It is this lack of protection for registrants that is of concern to the DNC and why this warning is being issued,” she said.

24/7 Hosting is not an authorised registrar for .nz domain names.  Anyone who has a .nz domain name registered through 24/7 should consider making contact with the authorised registrar used by 24/7 Hosting.  In many cases, it appears 24/7 Hosting used Voyager and they can be contacted at 0800 477 333 option 2 for support or support@voyager.co.nz to discuss their options if they have any concerns or questions.

Alternatively, 24/7 Hosting have given an undertaking that they are now in a position to address complaints from their customers. They say a support ticket can be submitted via the interface at https://support.247hosting.co.nz/clientarea.php, and that they will respond to e-mails sent to support@247hosting.co.nz.  Anyone with any questions about .nz domain names can also contact the Domain Name Commission at info@dnc.org.nz.

This DNC news release was sourced from:

Second Level Registrations Coming For .NZ

Registrants of .nz domain names will have even greater choice, probably in 2014, with the Council of InternetNZ (Internet New Zealand Inc) today approving a policy proposal from subsidiary Domain Name Commission Ltd allowing for registrations at the second level.By allowing registrations at the second level, people and organisations will be able to register theirname.nz instead of theirname.co.nz or theirname.net.nz (the current system, which allows registrations at the third level only).No date has been set for their implementation but a final policy implementing the proposal will be released and subject to public consultation in 2014.InternetNZ President Dr Frank March says this move fits with InternetNZ’s principles and aligns the .nz domain name space with a majority of other top level domains that already allow registrations directly at the second level.”A major principle for us is that the choice for registrants should be maintained and expanded, this move will provide a useful expansion” said Dr March.Domain Name Commission Chair David Farrar agrees, saying “This change will enable greater choice for people, companies and organisations wanting to get online or expand their online presence.”This decision will future-proof the .nz domain name space and help it stay relevant to New Zealanders.”No changes are being made to existing second levels – all existing domain names will continue to be available, and people will still be able to register new domain names in the current second level categories like .co.nz, .org.nz. This change will provide new choices and options for New Zealand domain name registrants once it comes into effect.The final proposal to make this change to the .nz domain name space was reached after two rounds of consultation starting May 2012, analysis of public opinion, and extensive discussion with interested parties.