Shorter, simpler domain names coming soon
From 1pm, 30 September 2014, the second level domains you're so used to seeing – 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.
For example, if your business's domain name is ‘anyname. co.nz' you may also be able to get ‘anyname.nz'.
This is a big change. These new types of .nz name shorter and simpler, and create an exciting new registration choice. If you don't already have a .nz domain name and the change has got you curious, this is the perfect opportunity for you to explore representing yourself online with .nz.
But, most importantly, if you or your business already has a website or email address that ends in .nz there are some very important things you need to know about. So, please, read on.
CHECK THE STATUS OF YOUR NAME
First of all, you need to talk to your domain name provider or visit the Domain Name Commission's anyname.nz website to check the status of your existing .nz name. This is because, depending on when you originally registered your name, you'll find there's different options available to you.
LEARN ABOUT YOUR OPTIONS
After you've checked your status you may find you're eligible to register the shorter version of your .nz name before anyone else. Or, you may be able to reserve it for free for up to two years. If you're eligible for either of these options you'll be able to do so from 1pm, 30 September 2014.
Alternatively, you could find that your .nz name is listed as ‘conflicted'. This means, for example, that you've got anyname. co.nz and others have got anyname.org.nz and anyname.net. nz. If this is the case, you'll be able to have your say on who you'd like to get the shorter version from 1pm, 30 September 2014.
The Domain Name Commission doesn't want you to miss out on any of the options available to you. So, it's important that you talk to your domain name provider or visit the anyname. nz website now.
If you're not interested in this change, that's fine. You should know that your .nz name will continue to work as it always has and you'll always be able to register and use names under existing endings like ‘.co.nz' and ‘.org.nz'.
Remember, for more information contact your domain name provider or visit the anyname.nz website.
Once-in-a-generation changes don’t often occur, but that’s exactly what’s about to happen in the .nz domain name space.