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New Second Level Domain - approved

The Council of InternetNZ unanimously endorsed the creation of the new second level domain '' at its meeting today. The approval marks the creation of the first new second level domain in the New Zealand namespace since 1996.

The decision is the penultimate step in a process which began in
November 2001 when the New Zealand Maori Internet Society Inc/Te Whanau Ipurangi
proposed the creation of the new second level domain. InternetNZ, the manager of
'.nz' has since undertaken a major consultation with the wider Internet
community in New Zealand, which saw 91.7% support for the new domain in a straw
poll in March 2002, followed by a raft of submissions in support of the

"The Council had hoped to also sign off on the implementation
process for the new second level domain today, and name the start date. However,
there were a range of concerns about how to make the launch of '' as
equitable as possible, so the Council has deferred this for further
consideration", said InternetNZ President Keith Davidson.

The new Domain Name Commissioner and the '.nz' Oversight Committee
will do further consultation and then make recommendations to the August 30
Council meeting as to the best process to follow.

Karaitiana Taiuru, Chairperson of Te Whanau Ipurangi was present
by teleconference for the vote to establish ''. Taiuru thanked the
Council for its support, noting that the decision would allow Maoridom to take
its full place in the modern Internet.

"InternetNZ is conscious that this is an historic decision, and
while we would have liked to announce a go-live date today, we felt that we had
to get all the implementation issues sorted out properly first. What we are all
after is a successful, fair, and hassle-free launch of '' and the
Council believes that is worth waiting the extra month." Davidson concluded.


For further information please contact

Sue Leaders, Executive Director, InternetNZ

Ph: (04) 472-1600, E-mail:

Phone: +64 4 472 1600 Fax: +64 4 472 1207

© 19 July 2002 The Internet Society of New Zealand Last updated 22
jULY 2002

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