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Procedure for establishing new second level domain name within .nz

Status: Superceded December 2000 - go to Process

ISOCNZ Council, 21 August 1997


This document sets out the procedure to be followed in the establishment of a new second level domain with the .nz top level domain.It should be read in conjunction with New Zealand's Domain Name Structure which sets out various policies relating to the .nz domain name space.

The Process for Creating New Second Level Domain Names

ISOCNZ views the creation of new second level domains as a very serious matter.Such domains, once created, are likely to never be removed.Consequently the following procedure is "conservative".The onus is on the proposer to justify the domain and ample opportunity is provided for both supporters and opponents to provide input to the process.

In the following "ISOCNZ Council meeting" is understood to be a physical rather than electronic meeting of the ISOCNZ Council.A number of time periods are given with minimum and maximum lengths. This is designed to allow ISOCNZ to avoid having crucial dates occur during major holiday periods.In most cases ISOCNZ is expected to meet the MINIMUM time period specified.

  • Any individual or organisation may initiate the process of creating a new second level domain, or changing the definition of a current second level domain within `.NZ',by sending a proposal to ISOCNZ at the address below. The proposal should clearly set out the justification for the new domain with respect to the principles governing second level domain names.
  • If the proposal fails to address these expectations it will be returned to the proposer for further development.
  • ISOCNZ will post appropriate proposals on the Internet and advertise a REQUEST FOR DISCUSSION (RFD) on its mailing lists and appropriate discussion groups.
  • Not less than 60 nor more than 90 days after the RFD, ISOCNZ will issue a REQUEST FOR VOTES on the proposal.This straw poll is intended to measure support for the proposal.The outcome will be non-binding.
  • The poll will take place by electronic mail with all voters submitting a standard ballot which will be distributed on relevant mailing lists and discussion groups.Votes will be accepted for the following 14 days.
  • Votes will be counted by ISOCNZ or an agent appointed by ISOCNZ. Ballots will be declared invalid if
    • they do not conform to the standard, or
    • more than one ballot is received from the same person (email address).
  • If in the straw poll, theproposal receives support from less than 70% of the votes cast, or receives less than 200 votes in total it will be rejected and no further consideration will be given.ISOCNZ will not entertain a similar proposal for twelve months.
  • If the poll succeeds, the applicant will be required to pay a non-refundable application fee to advance the proposal.
  • ISOCNZ will issue a REQUEST FOR SUBMISSIONS on its mailing lists and appropriate discussion groups and other appropriate outlets. The period for submissions will be not less than 30 nor more than 60 days.All submissions will be posted on the Internet for public review.
  • At the first meeting of the ISOCNZ Council following the close of submissions, the Council will issue an INTERIM DECISION.The interim decision will be widely distributed to the Internet community, to the community associated with the proposed domain, and to the wider public.
  • Further submissions on the interim decision will be accepted for a period which will end 14 days before the following ISOCNZ Council meeting.
  • A FINAL DECISION will be made by the ISOCNZ Council at the first meeting following the meeting which issued the interim decision. This decision will be binding.

Proposals should be sent to the Internet Society of New Zealand by e-mail to .

© 1997 The Internet Society of New Zealand
Last updated 21 August 1997

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