dotNews - June 2017

Welcome to dotNews - our monthly newsletter - giving you a brief update of what's happening in the world of New Zealand's Internet.

This dotNews includes...

  • Read our thoughts on the new telco laws
  • Nominations open for InternetNZ Council
  • Your feedback welcome on our organisational review
  • Come along to a presentation from Dr. Marc Bruyere
  • NetHui is coming

Our thoughts on the new telco laws

We are pleased to see this review of the Telco Act moving towards a conclusion but our initial take is that the changes Minister Bridges has recently announced are a mixed bag for consumers.

The new proactive powers for the Commerce Commission, to ask tough questions about the quality of service people can expect, are good to see.

On the down side, tweaks and adjustments to the post-2020 framework will see more money go into Chorus’ hands from users of copper broadband services outside the fibre broadband area resulting in slightly higher broadband prices.

You can read our full media release here.

Nominations open for InternetNZ Council

Nominations are now open for our annual election cycle. Four positions are available for three-year terms (ending in 2020). You must have been a member of InternetNZ for at least three months before nominating or voting in the election. Nominations are open until 5pm, Thursday 6 July. For more information about the Council elections see

On 27 July from 5.30pm we will hold our AGM. Only members can vote on the four council positions but anyone is welcome to attend. This will be held at the Majestic Centre in Wellington and live-streamed so you can take part from anywhere in the country.

You can RSVP for the AGM here.

Your feedback welcomed on proposed changes to InternetNZ

Late last year the Council initiated an organisational review of InternetNZ. Our current structure was designed in 2002 and has not been reviewed since 2008. The scale and impact of the Internet on society over the past decade has been enormous and is evolving rapidly – making our role as a voice for the locaI Internet community even more important. We have also matured significantly as an organisation during that time.

The review sought to understand whether we are still best setup to deliver on our vision in this changing environment.

The Council is now consulting with employees, members and stakeholders on a proposed change to our organisational design which, if accepted, would see our three organisations (InternetNZ, the Domain Name Commission and NZRS) merge to become one, governed by one Council.

This is a proposed ‘operating system upgrade’ for us.  We aren’t proposing to change what we do or pull back in anyway. We are making sure the way we are set up is fit for purpose in our current operating environment to support us to achieve our strategic objectives. The proposals include ideas to protect the independence of some of our functions and ensure we continue to deliver the same high quality service to our customers, including registrars.

Next year, if these proposals are accepted, we intend reviewing the size and composition of the Council to ensure we are the right size and have the right skills represented to support high quality governance of InternetNZ.

You are welcome to provide feedback on these proposals. Consultation closes 30 June. You can find more information about the proposals, rationale and how to provide feedback here: InternetNZ organisational review.

    Presentation from Dr. Marc Bruyere

    Come along to a presentation from our international guest Dr. Marc Bruyere on bringing software defined networking to internet exchanges. It will be held on 28 June from 12pm at our InternetNZ offices in Wellington.

    For more information about the event and to register click here.


    A reminder that NetHui is happening on 9-10 November at Auckland’s Aotea Centre with the NZ Internet Research Forum and possible other events on 8 November.

    We have an updated NetHui sponsorship prospectus if your organisation might be interested in becoming a sponsor or a community supporter please email

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