In a key role, InternetNZ serves the New Zealand community as the designated manager for the .nz country code top-level domain, recognised as such by ICANN.

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Our Role in .NZ

InternetNZ operates the registry for .nz, which means that we keep the definitive register of .nz domain names and we are responsible for the framework policy relating to the .nz Domain Name Space. We also operate the DNS servers for .nz, without which these domain names would not work.

We do not sell domain names directly to the public but through authorised registrars who buy domain names from us on behalf of their customers. All transactions with us take place using our fully automated provisioning system, which is available 24 hours a day. To become a registrar a company must first be authorised by DNCL and then demonstrate that they can connect to our provisioning system correctly. Registrars must also sign a contract with both DNCL and us.

This market structure is called the Shared Registry System and the automated provisioning system is called SRS after that. The Shared Registry System was created to ensure that registrants (the people that buy domain names) have a competitive market of registrars to choose from and can freely move between registrars.

The current wholesale domain name fee is $1.25 per domain name per month, exclusive of GST. Registrars are free to set whatever retail price they wish for .nz domain names and prices do vary.

Please note that while most registrars will also sell .com, .net and other top-level domains (TLDs) we have no role in selling or provisioning those other domain names.

The Registry Goals

Our goals are to:

  1. Deliver a world-class domain name service to registrars, their customers and all Internet users.
  2. Deliver world-class registry services that continually improve.
  3. Develop our services and technology within a long term evolutionary framework to meet the future needs of Internet users.
  4. Deliver, in partnership with Domain Name Commission Ltd. (DNCL), a successful long term strategy for .nz.