domain name registration nz

More Choice For .NZ

From 1pm, 30 September 2014, existing second level domains – like the ‘.co’ in ‘.co.nz’ and the ‘.org’ in ‘.org.nz’ – will become optional and you could register names with them, without them, or both.

When this change happens, there’ll be more choice in .nz domain names.

For example, you could get anyname.co.nz as well as anyname.nz. You’ll see that in the second example the ‘.co’ portion of the domain name is missing.

Some of the benefits of this change include:

  • More choice in .nz domain names.
  • More representative online addresses. For example, many people get co.nz domain names even though they are not businesses.
  • Shorter .nz domain names.
  • Aligning New Zealand with many other countries that have already made this change.

Existing Registrants

If you have a .nz domain name, you’re an existing registrant. It’s important to know that, depending on when you registered your name, you may be eligible to register or reserve the shorter version of your .nz domain name before it becomes available to anyone else.

To find out if you’re eligible, check the status of your domain name above. Or, talk to your Registrar – the company or organisation you registered your name through.

If you are eligible and don’t want to register or reserve the shorter version of your domain name, that’s fine. You’ll still be able to use your domain name as you always have.

What does your status mean?

  • Will be Available

    you can try and register the shorter version of the name on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis from 1pm, 30 September 2014. LEARN MORE

  • Will be Conflicted

    your name has been registered in at least two second levels. To get the shorter version you’ll need to go through the ‘conflict’ process from 1pm, 30 September 2014. LEARN MORE

  • Will be PRR (Preferential Registration or Reservation)

    you’ve got Preferential Registration or Reservation eligibility and can register or reserve the shorter version of your name before anyone else. LEARN MORE

  • Will be Prohibited

    no-one is able to register the shorter version of the name. LEARN MORE

Remember, to find out if you’re eligible check your domain name status above on the anytime.co.nz website.

You can go to http://thewebmistress.co.nz/domain-name-registration-checker/ and look up and register any domains there too.


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