InternetNZ is a non-profit organisation, and the home and guardian of .nz – providing the infrastructure, security and support to keep it humming. We use the funding from the sale of .nz domain names to support the development of New Zealand's Internet through policy, community grants, research and events. Our mission is an Internet that is open, secure, and for all New Zealanders.
We are a membership organisation. 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).
To make sure .nz is run effectively and fairly, we have a wholly owned subsidiary company, Domain Name Commission Limited (DNCL), which aims to maintain a healthy market for .nz domain names, authorises .nz domain name registrars, provides a dispute resolution service and enforces policies for the .nz domain name space.
InternetNZ and DNCL together make up the “InternetNZ Group”.
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.
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between MBIE and InternetNZ about this role in May 2016. It was updated in June 2018 to reflect the changes to the group's structure. The current MOU is available in PDF here:
(The original May 2016 version is available here).
Where does the money go?
The InternetNZ group is funded from the registration fees for .nz domain names. In the 2017/18 year this income totalled approximately $10.5 million.