The InternetNZ group


InternetNZ is a non-profit, charitable open membership organisation with a vision of a better world through a better Internet.

Our mission is to promote the Internet’s benefits and uses, and protect its potential.  We do that work in a number of ways: we work on Internet policy and technology issues to help protect the open Internet; we support the development of the Internet community, through funding and events & forums for people to debate Internet issues. 

Our members help shape our stance on Internet issues in line with our principles. They also help hold InternetNZ true to its values and keep the operation accountable (including through electing the governing Council).

In a key role, InternetNZ serves the New Zealand community as the designated manager for the .nz country code top-level domain. This means we are the steward of .nz, responsible for its operation in the public interest and the interest of the local Internet community.

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between MBIE and InternetNZ about this role in May 2016 - a PDF copy is available here

To make sure .nz is run effectively and fairly, we have two wholly owned subsidiary companies focused on specific roles as follows:

1. Domain Name Commission Limited (DNCL) develops and enforces policies for the .nz domain name space.
2. NZRS Limited (NZRS) maintains and publishes the register of .nz names and operates the Domain Name System for .nz.

InternetNZ and its two subsidiary companies together make up the “InternetNZ Group”.

Who owns .nz?Who owns .nz? 

No one person or body actually owns .nz. 

However, InternetNZ is the designated manager – and in that role, we operate .nz in the public interest on behalf of the local Internet community.  

Why us? How does it work? How would someone else become the designated manager? How can I have a say? Who makes domain name policy? We have put together a helpful graphic, linked below, which helps to answer questions like these. 

Who owns .nz and other hard questions (png)

Who owns .nz and other hard questions (pdf) 

Where does the money go?Where does the money go? 

The InternetNZ group is funded from the registration fees for .nz domain names.  In the 2014/15 year this income totalled approximately $8.7 million. 

The graphic, linked below, shows the proportion of funds used by InternetNZ, DNCL and NZRS in delivering their functions. It also gives you a top level descriptions of the core services each of the three organisations deliver. 

Where does the money go? (png)

Where does the money go? (pdf)