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Those with .nz domain names urged to act before 13:00, 30 March deadline

New Zealand Domain Name Commissioner Anyname Second Level NZ image[news release] There’s an important date coming up for thousands of people who hold .nz domain names. Those eligible to get the shorter .nz version of their name before anybody else only have until 1pm, 30 March 2015 to do so. 

Most of those with existing .nz names – for example .co.nz, .org.nz, .net.nz, etc. – are able to register or reserve their name direct at .nz before anybody else. They have what is called ‘Preferential Registration or Reservation (PRR)’.

Importantly, however, if a person with PRR hasn’t acted on their registration or reservation options by 1pm, 30 March 2015, the shorter name will become available for first-come first-served registration.

Others with a ‘conflicted’ .nz name are not affected by this deadline, but the Domain Name Commission Limited (DNCL) is encouraging these people to also be aware of their status and options as soon as possible.

With the final countdown now on, Domain Name Commissioner Debbie Monahan says it’s important that all those eligible to register or reserve before anybody else consider their options soon.

“Over 50,000 shorter .nz names have so far been registered or reserved. However, there are tens of thousands of people entitled to get the shorter version of their name first who are yet to take action.”

Registering one of the new, shorter .nz names is done through any .nz domain name registrar. Reserving is a free service and can only be done at a dedicated website set up by the Domain Name Commission – anyname.nz.

Those with PRR can also choose to do nothing, which is fine. The most important thing, says Monahan, is that they’re aware of their preferential registration and reservation options.

“Whatever option a person chooses – register, reserve, or do nothing at all – their existing .nz domain name will continue as it always has – provided the existing name is kept registered.”

Some people may find that the shorter .nz version of their name is ‘conflicted’. A conflicted name is one that’s been registered in at least two ‘second levels’. For example, one person may hold the .co.nz version, while another may hold the .org.nz version.

Those with a conflicted name can make their views known at anyname.nz.

“For those with a conflicted name time is on your side and, though you’re encouraged to act as soon as you can, there is no specific deadline. For those with PRR however the countdown is on as the 1pm, 30 March 2015 deadline is fast approaching,” says Monahan.

To learn more about this change and the importance of 1pm, 30 March 2015 for those with Preferential Registration and Reservation (PRR), visit anyname.nz.

This NZ Domain Name Commissioner news release was sourced from:
dnc.org.nz/story/those-nz-domain-names-urged-act-1pm-30-march-deadline

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:
dnc.org.nz/story/clock-ticks-down-major-nz-domain-name-change

Get Ready – Second Level .NZ Registrations Coming 30 September

New Zealand Domain Name Commissioner Anyname Second Level NZ imageIn a move that is likely to be welcomed by .nz registrants, New Zealand’s Domain Name Commission has announced that as of 30 September 2014 second level registrations will become available, meaning domains such as name.nz can be registered.

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 register domains under these sub-domains. The change simply means that from 13:00 on 30 September 2014 people will be able to get names with them, without them, or both.

The change follows the move by Nominet to allow second-level .uk names in June that saw 100,000 .uk registrations in less than four weeks. The decision was made last year by the InternetNZ Council and followed a number of public consultation rounds.

Importantly, many .nz domain name holders may be able to get the shorter version of their name if they want it and could take advantage of a six-month period of time – called the Preferential Registration Eligibility (PRE) period to register or reserve the shorter version.

The Preferential Registration Eligibility (PRE) period will begin at 13:00, 30 September 2014 and end at 13:00, 30 March 2015.

From 13:00, 30 September 2014 existing holders of .nz domain names will have different options open to them, depending on when they originally registered their name. They may, for example, be able to get the shorter version of their name before anyone else, reserve it for free for two years or manage conflicted name issues.

Domain Name Commissioner Debbie Monahan says the preferential eligibility options could be confusing for holders of .nz domain names. That’s why the Domain Name Commission will be working closely with the .nz Registrar community over the next few months to help them communicate the change with holders of .nz names – letting people know exactly where their name fits into the picture.

A website at anyname.nz has been created by the Domain Name Commission for holders of .nz domain names to check out their options and learn more about what the change might mean for them. Anyname.nz also shows what the shorter .nz domain names will look like in a web browser.

Monahan describes the policy change allowing registrations directly at the second level as a boon for choice – one that opens up an exciting new .nz registration possibility. She encourages all those with an existing .nz domain name to visit anyname.nz or contact their Registrar to check their options and learn more about what’s happening.

“The change keeps all the advantages of the current system while expanding choice. Other countries have already made a similar change and now New Zealand is too.”

Holders of .nz domain names wanting to find out more about this exciting, watershed change to the .nz domain name space should contact their Registrar or domain name provider or visit anyname.nz.

Second Level Registrations And Other Changes Coming To .UK In 2014

Nominet logoThere are major changes to the .uk ccTLD are coming in 2014 including registrations at the second level, enhanced security, a revised Registrar Agreement and a proposed Data Quality policy is open for comment, the .uk registry, Nominet announced yesterday (20 November).

The change that will catch the public’s eye is registrations at the second level which will mean registrants will be able to register theirname.uk as well as the existing theirname.co.uk.

“In an industry that is seeing an unprecedented level of change with the upcoming introduction of over a thousand new top level domains, we’re hard at work to ensure innovation in .uk keeps UK web users and businesses ahead of the curve,” said Nominet CEO Lesley Cowley.

“At the same time, we’re holding ourselves to a higher standard – expanding the choices available to our customers, upping the bar for security, data quality and the way we engage with our registrars to ensure everyone registering, managing or visiting a website with a domain ending in .uk can be proud to be part of a strong, trusted community.”

The change to add second level registrations will occur in the northern summer of 2014. Over ten million existing .uk customers will be offered the shorter equivalent of their current address, with five years to decide whether they want to use it in addition to, or instead of the domain they already have.

To deal with disputes in the small number of cases where different registrants may have registered, for example, the .co.uk and .org.uk domain, the shorter domain will be offered to the .co.uk registrant.

The wholesale price, that is the price charged to registrars, for the new domains will be £3.50 per year for single year registrations and £2.50 per year for multi-year registrations. This is the same price as a current co.uk domain, ensuring the cost of a domain name will remain a very small proportion (around 1.5% for a small business) of the cost of being online.

All Nominet’s existing domains (.co.uk, .org.uk, .net.uk, .me.uk, .plc.uk, .ltd.uk and .sch.uk) will continue to run as normal.

Nominet is planning a major programme of communication and outreach with its customers to ensure people are aware of the changes, and intends to announce a definitive launch date by February 2014.

Another ccTLD, .nz, has also announced plans to introduce registrations at the second level in 2014.

.UK Security

In other changes, Nominet announced that in Q1 2014 they will be launching new tools to help registrars further enhance the security of their domain portfolios, including a domain-locking tool to protect high value domains from social-engineering attacks.

From Q2 2014, registrars will be offered the opportunity to adopt additional security controls when accessing Nominet’s registry systems, to give the domains they manage a stronger second line of defence against hacking.

Nominet is also exploring ways to work alongside others in the internet community to help businesses address the increasing challenge of cyber-security and take advantage of opportunities to build a trusted online presence.

Work is underway to develop a tool aimed at helping anybody who has a .uk web presence identify when security-related issues are adversely affecting their domain, with a view to encouraging the take up of additional website security features.

A separate initiative is exploring how Nominet can work alongside others in the internet community to offer practical help to small businesses concerned about cyber-security.

Nominet has also developed a data visualisation and analysis tool to assess the behaviour of the domain name system. This has already helped prevent a global exploit of the domain name system and Nominet hopes to deploy this technology in a number of ways to help keep the internet safe.

Registrar Agreement

Another change is to the Registrar Agreement. A final draft of Nominet’s new Registrar Agreement has been published with amendments based on consultation feedback. These include a new, clear policy regarding Nominet’s commitment and expectations around data quality, as well as a decision not to introduce tag fees at this time.

Registrars and other interested stakeholders are invited to submit comments by 20 December 2013. The final version of the agreement is expected to be agreed in early 2014 and registrars will then be given 30 days notice before it comes into force.

Data Quality

As part of their ongoing commitment to raising the standard of information held for .uk registrations, Nominet’s proposed data quality policy has been published [pdf]. It sets out data quality requirements and commitments for Nominet and its registrars moving forward.

Anyone interested in this issue is invited to give their feedback on the proposed policy by 20 December 2013. Feedback will be published (where permission has been granted) in the New Year.

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.

.NZ Moves One Step Closer To Second Level Registrations

NZ Domain Name Commissioner logoNew Zealanders are being encouraged to comment on the proposed change to allow registrations at the second level. Currently under .NZ, registrants can only register domain names at the third level, such as .co.nz.

The Domain Name Commission Limited (DNCL) is conducting the consultation with the Chair Joy Liddicoat saying that there are both potential benefits and potential issues to consider.

NZ DNCL 2LD infographic“I understand that allowing registrations directly at the second level could cause confusion in the short-term, but also believe it could improve the .nz domain name space in the long-term,” she says.

“For one thing .nz domain names, especially for personal use, do not always easily fit into one category. DNCL is concerned that people are being forced to choose a second level domain when there is no technical reason for this.

“If the proposal went ahead, an advantage is that it would offer more choice to consumers.

“On the other hand, one potential issue we have considered is that people might feel as if they need to register their domain names at both second and third levels, for example getting both anyname.co.nz and anyname.nz.”

If the proposal goes ahead, registrants would have a choice of registering domain names at the third level, as is currently the practice under .ac, .co, .geek, .gen, .kiwi, .māori, .net, .org and .school, or the under the second level such as name.nz.

During the first round of consultation, it was clear that there was no clear consensus as to whether people were for – or against – the proposal.
A major concern expressed by some submitters was that existing registrants could feel “forced” to incur extra costs in registering anyname.nz on top of their existing anyname.co.nz name. To mitigate this issue, DNCL is proposing that existing registrants be able to reserve registration of the equivalent of their current name at the second level (for no cost for at least two years). The DNCL believes this modified proposal delivers significant benefits to registrants without disadvantaging those who do not wish to use a name at the second level. There are also other changes to the proposal following the initial consultation.

The DNCL has conducted polls amongst New Zealanders that have found an they increasingly support this change. For example, in 2003 only 25 percent of New Zealanders showed a preference for being able to register domain names directly at the second level. However, in a 2011 survey, 59 percent of registrants said they did.

Full details of the consultation document and background material are available at dnc.org.nz/second_level_proposal_c2. Online submissions can be made at https://www.research.net/s/dnc_consultation2. The cut-off date for submissions is midday Wednesday 31 July, 2013.

.NZ Breaks Half Million Registrations

NZ Domain Name Commission logoNew Zealand’s ccTLD .NZ passed the half million active registration mark on 8 October with the registration of drct.kiwi.nz.

To commemorate this landmark accomplishment, representatives from the .NZ domain name space are to give the Disabilities Resource Centre Trust (DRCT) – who registered the address – an award and $1000 prize at a ceremony on 8 October.

The milestone comes about as the Domain Name Commission (DNC) approved the launch of the secondary level domain .kiwi.nz, a move that is described as reflecting the growing level of sophistication and choice of the internet space in New Zealand. And they are currently undergoing a consultation to determine if .NZ should be opened up to second level registrations.

DNC Commissioner Debbie Monahan says that the fact that the 500,000th .NZ domain happened to also be a kiwi.nz ending demonstrates the evolving nature of New Zealand’s online landscape and shows that people do see benefits in having unique and relevant domain names.

“This is a momentous occasion for New Zealand. Every day people choose .NZ domain names. This is because people are proud to have a uniquely Kiwi web presence and because of the diligent efforts of domain registrars who actively promote .NZ,” she says.

The CEO of the DCRT Bronwen Foxx says the news that her organisation registered the 500,000th .NZ domain name came as a complete shock.

“The DRCT provides disability support services in the Eastern Bay of Plenty,” she says.

“Our mission is to assist people with disabilities to achieve their goals. We employ 180 people who provide home care services, information, vocational services, supported independent living, and field officer services to our clients.

“A web presence is a really vital tool for us providing services and information to our clients. We feel very privileged to get the domain name drct.kiwi.nz as we think this will also give us a wider market to sell from.”

The .NZ domain space is jointly managed by the DNC and the NZ Domain Name Registry who, alongside InternetNZ, protect and promote an open and free internet.

Launch of kiwi.nz Pushes .NZ Registrations Over Half-Million Mark

[news release] InternetNZ (Internet New Zealand Inc) subsidiary the Domain Name Commission has today launched a new second level domain – .kiwi.nz – a move that has pushed the total number of .nz registrations past 500,000.Domain Name Commissioner Debbie Monahan expresses delight at the half-million .nz registrations and .kiwi.nz launch, describing today as a landmark day for the New Zealand Internet.The 500,000 milestone comes nearly ten years after InternetNZ introduced a competitive market for .nz domain name registrations. There are now over 80 organisations providing .nz registration services, and Monahan credits their role and commitment in spurring the tremendous growth in .nz names.”Ultimately, this is the result of the willingness of many thousands of people who have chosen .nz names to represent themselves online, and the hard work that .nz registrars have done in promoting the .nz domain name space.”Over the past ten years the .nz domain name space has experienced average yearly growth of 38,280, with the upward trajectory showing no signs of slowing. Monahan says this is partly because people identify strongly with the .nz domain. She points to a recent report from Europe which found that most businesses continue to put their faith in the local country’s domain, favouring these over generic names such as .com.”New Zealanders have a choice when it comes to registering domain names, and we acknowledge and thank the half-million holders of .nz names for their support,” she says.Monahan expects today’s introduction of the .kiwi.nz second-level will give further impetus to the .nz domain name space. What better way to demonstrate that New Zealand is your home than to register a new .kiwi.nz domain name,” she says.Registrations for .kiwi.nz opened at 10am and in the first fifteen minutes over 1000 names were registered. Monahan thanks InternetNZ subsidiary NZRS for its firm stewardship of the .nz registry during today’s launch, saying it coped admirably with the influx of .kiwi.nz registrations.More information about registering a .nz domain name is available online at dnc.org.nz/story/faq-registrants?m=324.This InternetNZ news release was sourced from:
internetnz.net.nz/news/media-releases/2012/kiwinz-launch-pushes-domain-names-past-half-million-mark

Get Your New Zealand Domain Double-Dose With Kiwi.NZ

InternetNZ logoThey may be undergoing a consultation as to whether they should allow registrations at the second level, but the New Zealanders have gone and introduced the second level domain kiwi.nz.

The implementation of kiwi.nz is being managed by InternetNZ’s subsidiary company the Domain Name Commission Ltd. Authorised .NZ registrars will be able to take registrations for these names from 10.00 New Zealand time on Tuesday, 11 September 2012.

Domain Name Commissioner Debbie Monahan described the kiwi.nz 2LD as fitting perfectly with its previously published criteria for new second-level domains. Under its current policy, a new second level domain can be created if it:

  • represents an identifiable, significant community of interest
  • represents an on-going and long-lived community of interest
  • does not conflict with, duplicate or cause confusion about, any existing second-level domain and is a useful addition to the current DNS (Doman Name System) hierarchy
  • uses a name to represent the domain that is an obvious derivative of a word that properly describes the community of interest, e.g. .org.nz for organisation, or a complete word, e.g. .maori.nz
  • does not bring the .NZ domain name space into disrepute.

“The kiwi.nz application clearly met these requirements and should be an option for .NZ registrants,” said InternetNZ President Frank March. “The InternetNZ Council agreed that it met all the policy requirements and so approved it. We congratulate the Domain Name Commission for undertaking an open and transparent consultation process with the community.”

“The policy for evaluating a new second-level domain takes into account existing second-level domains in .NZ but not possible future changes, such as direct registration under .NZ (which is currently being consulted on) or new generic Top Level Domains that may or may not be introduced at some point in the future.”

The application for the creation of kiwi.nz was received in April 2012. A 25-day period of public consultation followed, with 14 submissions received. After considering these submissions, the Domain Name Commission recommended to InternetNZ that the domain be created.

Monahan says that as part of introducing a new .NZ second level domain, a threshold of registrations must be received before the domain is made active.

“We encourage those interested in securing a kiwi.nz registration to contact a .NZ registrar and ask what they need to do to obtain the name of their choice in the kiwi.nz zone.

“Registrars will advise prospective registrants that if the threshold of 500 for kiwi.nz is not met, kiwi.nz will not be made active and they won’t have their name but we think it is a great opportunity for people to get a true ‘kiwi’ tone into their domain names,” she says.

.NZ Benefits From Major Technical Security Deployment of DNSSEC

InternetNZ logo[news release] New Zealanders will be able to better secure their web presence from today, thanks to a major technical security deployment by InternetNZ subsidiaries .NZ Registry Services (NZRS) and the Domain Name Commission (DNCL).

Following more than two years of behind-the-scenes work, the DNSSEC (Domain Name System Security Extensions) protocol has been implemented across New Zealand’s un-moderated second level domain space, including the widely used .co.nz. The next few months will see DNSSEC progressively adopted across all moderated second level domains, including .govt.nz.

DNSSEC is a security protocol that sits atop the Domain Name System (DNS). Developed early in the history of the Internet, the DNS maps IP addresses to human readable domain names. However, the original security built into DNS was weak and hackers have developed ways to ‘spoof’ DNS data and redirect legitimate traffic. DNSSEC combats this vulnerability.

Domain Name Commissioner Debbie Monahan says now that DNSSEC has been deployed across the top level and open second level .nz domain space New Zealand website owners can make use of the protections it offers.

“DNSSEC is akin to a driver knowing that the road sign they are looking at is pointing them in the right direction and not leading them astray,” she says. “Once website owners implement DNSSEC, visitors to their site can be guaranteed they are reaching a legitimate site. This will be highly attractive for banking institutions or other organisations or individuals wanting to transact securely with their customers.”

Monahan describes DNSSEC as a milestone in the security of New Zealand’s Domain Name System. It is one of the key building blocks to securing a web presence and an important tool in mitigating against malicious online activity involving domain names.

NZRS DNS Specialist Sebastian Castro designed and managed the implementation of DNSSEC in .nz. He says enabling DNSSEC is the first step to supporting a new set of security services and extensions such as DANE, that rely on the ability to securely authenticate and verify DNS data.

“We are proud of the open process the Domain Name Commission and .nz Registry Services followed for this project, and recognise the important involvement of New Zealand’s technical community. This approach sets an example to other countries regarding technical policy development and innovation,” he says.

Already, over 50 countries have deployed DNSSEC and adoption is expected to rapidly pick up over the next few years, both in other country code domains and amongst infrastructure and service providers.

More information about DNSSEC in New Zealand is available at www.dnc.org.nz/dnssec. Included is key information on how people can set up DNSSEC on their .nz domain names.

This InternetNZ news release was sourced from:
internetnz.net.nz/news/media-releases/2012/New-Zealand-Internet-benefits-major-technical-security-deployment