Success stories (text version)

InternetNZ has had a success story or two in our time, and we’d love to share them with you.

We have done a wide range of work on many issues, and have many successes to celebrate. Below are a few of our key milestones since foundation.
  • Provided significant international leadership around the formation of ICANN in 1996-1998.
  • Took over the operation of the .nz country code top level domain on behalf of the New Zealand Internet community from Waikato University in 1997.
  • Reorganised .nz into the current “thin registry” model with an independent policy body in 2001-2003.
  • Hosted the Secretariat for the Asia Pacific Top Level Domains Association (APTLD) from 2005 to 2009.
  • Successfully led calls for the unbundling of the Telecom local loop telephone network and for the operational separation of Telecom to boost competition and lower broadband prices, policy which was implemented through amendments made to the Telecommunications Act by Parliament in 2006.
  • Hosted a global meeting of ICANN in Wellington in 2006.
  • Led the national conversation that secured passage of the Unsolicited Electronic Messages Act in 2007.
  • Commissioned research setting out the best way to build a fibre-to-the-home broadband network for New Zealand in 2008, which overlapped the promise by the National Party to deliver an Ultrafast Broadband Initiative.
  • Supported the #blackout campaign and other efforts to end the implementation of unfair copyright law provisions in 2008-2010.
  • Initiated the IPv6 Trust to encourage the adoption of the new Network protocol in New Zealand.
  • Began a programme of supporting Strategic Partner organisations beginning with NetSafe in 2007 and since expanded to a wide range of others.
  • Argued successfully for the complete structural separation of network and retail in Telecom as the debate about how to implement the UFB took place in 2010-2011.
  • Implemented DNSSEC for the .nz domain.
  • Inaugurated NetHui, the biggest Internet event in New Zealand bringing together the local Internet community, in 2011.
  • Opened a programme of Community Grants to support projects and research in the Local Internet Community beginning in 2012.
  • Published research on the economic impact of the Internet in 2012 and, with Google, in 2014.
  • Led the “Axe the Copper Tax” campaign in 2013, which aimed to head off proposals by Government to raise the cost of broadband connections on Chorus’ copper network.
  • Introduced registrations direct at the second level in the .nz domain name space in 2014, the biggest change to .nz since it was created in the 1990s
  • Hosted a range of high profile seminars and events on a wide range of topics over the years, e.g. PublicACTA in 2010, R v the Internet in 2009, workshops on the Harmful Digital Communications bill in 2012.
  • Hosted APRICOT - the Asia Pacific Regional Internet Conference on Operational Technologies - in Auckland in 2016. We hosted 550 delegates, there was 53 different economies represented and 18,228 minutes of APRICOT viewed via the live stream.