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. Following a merger with NZRS in 2018, we also operate the .nz domain name registry services and DNS, and set policy for the .nz ccTLD.

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. 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). 

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 serviec 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.  

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.