.nz Policy Panel announcement

24 July 2019

Jordan Carter

A blog by Jordan Carter, Group Chief Executive

Over the next year, we’re undertaking an important review of the policies related to the .nz domain name space. How .nz works affects almost all Kiwis in one way or another. 

The review is happening in two stages: 

  • Phase one: working out the big issues facing .nz, from the diverse perspectives of all parts of society.
  • Phase two: working out solutions to those big issues facing .nz, how to minimise problems or make things better.

To help lead the thinking in the review, and engagement with the community about the issues facing .nz and how to solve them, we’ve appointed an Advisory Panel. 

Today I am pleased to announce the Panel members that will be championing this important work for .nz 

  • Sue Chetwin (Chair) 
  • Nita Wirepa
  • Alma Hong
  • Mark Boddington
  • Matt Brown
  • Mark Thomas
  • Tim Johnson
  • Ty Kahu
  • Charlie Gavey
  • Robert Rolls

Panellists have been selected on the basis of their skills, experience, and knowledge. It was also important we have a well-rounded group, representative of the wider community with a diverse range of voices and who can bring a new and fresh perspective. Congratulations to the successful panellists. 

During phase one, the .nz Panel will work to identify and explore opportunities and challenges that we face in today's Internet world and think about those we could face in future. 

The panellists will work with people and groups to explore a range of important issues like how we can minimise phishing, trolling and abuse on .nz domain names, the requirements for people wishing to register a .nz domain name and other relevant issues.

In the second phase, starting towards the end of 2019, the .nz Panel will then develop and refine its thinking, working with the community, about how best to solve the issues that phase one brings up. 

InternetNZ will convert the recommendations and analysis into a new policy framework following the Panel’s conclusions. 

The policy review process will have opportunities for public input as it progresses over the coming year. I encourage you to get involved in the public consultation stages. 

I look forward to seeing the ideas put forward throughout this process so we can ensure the .nz policies are fit for purpose for 2020 and beyond.