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Important Announcement

.NZ Domain Name Launch - 30 September

Important Announcement

.NZ Domain Name Launch - 30 September

What's happening

At 1pm (NZDT) 30 September 2014, people will be able to register .nz domain names directly at the second level (e.g. DiscountDomains.nz) in addition to the current third level (e.g. DiscountDomains.co.nz).

Eligibility for certain .nz domain names (e.g. DiscountDomains.co.nz) will depend on what existing third level domains you own (e.g. DiscountDomains.net.nz), when you bought it and whether anyone else has a third level domain name (e.g. DiscountDomains.org.nz).

Am I eligible for preferential rights?

  • If you registered your third level domain name (e.g. DiscountDomains.co.nz) before 9am on 30 May 2012, and no one else had a matching third level domain (e.g. DiscountDomains.net.nz) then you will have “Preferential Registration or Reservation” (PRR). If someone else had matching third level domain name the domain will be “Conflicted”.
  • If you registered your third level domain name (e.g. DiscountDomains.co.nz) between 9am on 30 May 2012 and 3pm 11 February 2014 and no one else had a matching third level domain (e.g. DiscountDomains.net.nz) then you will have “Preferential Registration or Reservation” (PRR). If someone else had matching third level domain name then the second level domain will become available on 1pm 30 September on a first come first served basis.
  • If you registered your domain name after 3pm 11 February 2014 then the second level domain will become available on 1pm 30 September on a first come first served basis.
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When’s it happening:

Week Commencing 1st September – Pre Registration

Discount Domains has updated the website to allow customers with preferential rights, or where .nz domains will be available on a first come first served basis to pre-register the domain name.

When the new .nz domains go live at 1pm 30 September Discount Domains will try and register the domain name on your behalf with our automated software. We will refund any unsuccessful purchases.

1pm (NZDT) 30 September 2014

This is the go-live date for the change. From this date: If you have pre-registered your new .nz domain name Discount Domains will try and register the domain name on your behalf.

You will be able to register “Available” names on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you have preferential rights you will be able to register a matching .nz before anyone else or you can reserve it for free for up to two years.

If your name is conflicted you’ll be able to lodge a preference on the anyname.nz website for how you would like to deal with the conflict (see below).

Up until 1pm 30 March 2015

This is the final day that those with preferential rights will be able to register or reserve. If they’ve not taken action by 1pm, 30 March 2015 the shorter version of their name will become available for general registration by anyone.

30 March 2017

This is the final day of the reservation period. Those who've reserved but haven't registered the shorter version of their name by 30 March 2017 will see it become available for general registration by anyone.

Conflicted Domains

If your domain returns a ‘Will be Conflicted’ status this means it has been registered in at least two second levels e.g. you might hold DiscountDomains.co.nz and others hold say DiscountDomains.org.nz or DiscountDomains.school.nz.

From 1pm (NZDT) 30 September 2014, you can go to the anyname.nz site with the UDAI for your third level domain (e.g DiscountDomains.co.nz) and lodge one of the following preferences:

  • You want to try and get the shorter version of the name
  • You don’t want it and don’t care who gets it
  • You don’t think anyone should get it
  • You don’t think anyone should get it and it should become its own second level, like .co.nz, .org.nz or .school.nz.

In some cases the conflict may be resolved, depending on the preferences lodged. In these cases, the successful party will automatically be sent an email letting them know the outcome and outlining their next steps.

In cases where automatic resolution of the conflict doesn’t happen, the Domain Name Commission will contact the parties and let them know the outcome – but only once all those involved in the conflict have had time to lodge their preference.

If a clear outcome doesn’t result from the conflict process the Domain Name Commission may offer a facilitation service. Otherwise, the name won’t be registered directly at the second level at all.

Other Points

Importance of UDAIs

Your UDAI (Unique Domain Authentication Identifier) of your third level domain (e.g. DiscountDomains.co.nz) is a critical part of the registration, reservation and conflict processes for the new .nz domains.

From 1pm (NZDT) 30 September 2014, you’ll need the UDAI of your third level domain name to register a PRR name (Via www.DiscountDomains.co.nz). You’ll also need the UDAI to reserve a PRR name or lodge a conflict preference on the anyname.nz website.

Recent UDAI amendments

The Domain Name Commission has made some amendments relating to the generation and use of UDAIs. These include:

  • UDAIs able to be used on the anyname.nz website to reserve a name at the second level, or to specify a preference in the case of a conflicted domain name
  • Automatic generation of UDAIs by the Registry on initial registration of a domain name only
  • UDAIs will now automatically expire after 30 days. More information about these UDAI changes can be read at: http://dnc.org.nz/story/notification-udai-policy-amendments?m=309
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More information

Visit anyname.nz for more information about the new NZ domains.