Our mandate and constituency

Our mandate is to advocate for an open and uncaptureable Internet and manage the .nz domain name space, based upon:

  • InternetNZ is a not-for-profit, charitable society that is open and transparent, with an open membership policy encouraging any interested stakeholder to join and participate in the activities and contribute to its consensus based decision making.
  • The Society is governed by a Council, which is elected by the membership.
  • InternetNZ offers a framework and support for members to participate in influencing the policies and practices affecting the fabric of the Internet network in New Zealand thereby discharging its responsibilities as the ccTLD manager to act in the best interests of the local Internet community.
  • The .nz delegation is assigned to InternetNZ by ICANN with the consent of the local Internet community.
  • InternetNZ has effectively managed the .nz delegation since 1996.
  • The Objects of InternetNZ are focused on the protection and promotion of the Internet, for the benefit of all New Zealanders.
  • InternetNZ provides leadership in addressing issues that confront the future of the Internet, for the benefit of all New Zealanders.

Our constituency is all those who might benefit from the realisation of our objectives, which in our view is all New Zealanders in a direct or indirect sense.

We work to maintain strong relationships with government, with businesses and with civil society organisations who have interests in ICT and the Internet, in order to learn more about their needs and to influence their work in line with our objects.

We publish the principles that drive our day-to-day work. This gives an idea of how we would respond to an existing or arising problem or issue where we don’t already have work underway.

The underlying technologies and some aspects of public policies for the Internet are governed by the “Requests for Comment” (RFC’s) processes, which are administered by the global body named the Internet Engineering Task Force, who develop consensus based standards amongst the technical Internet community. 

As from 1 April 2018 all our work is streamlined under one banner; InternetNZ. NZRS ceases to exist, and its people and services have been integrated into InternetNZ. The Domain Name Commission has been slimmed down to concentrate on its independent role overseeing rules for the NZ Internet and adjudicating disputes. All of us are still acting for a better world through a better Internet.

.nz Domain

InternetNZ is the recognised delegated manager for the .nz country code top level domain. This delegation is from the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), a function managed by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

The redelegation to InternetNZ occurred in 1996, when Waikato University wished to cease providing domain name registration services due to the increasing demand for domain names in the .nz space, during the years of rapid growth of the Internet. IANA authorised this friendly redelegation, and the New Zealand Government acknowledged this change a number of years later.

On 29 October 2007, InternetNZ and ICANN entered into an arrangement by "exchange of letters" recognising each other and the obligations of the two parties in relation to the operation of the .nz domain name.  You can view the ICANN arrangement here. 

InternetNZ policies ensure strong protection of rights for individual domain name registrants’ in the .nz space The day-to-day management of the .nz domain is through our wholly-owned subsidiary company, the Domain Name Commission Limited (www.dnc.org.nz). 

InternetNZ gives each of its subsidiaries, past and present a Statement of Expectations each year, outlining its expectations as shareholder. The 2016/17 SoE documents are linked below:

The .nz register does not accept domain name registrations on an individual basis, but rather, enables an environment for a competitive market for registrars. InternetNZ maintains its primary relationships with those registrars to ensure the registrars maintain the direct relationship with their individual registrants.

InternetNZ History

The specific RFC that provides guidance for InternetNZ in discharging its responsibilities are covered in RFC1591, published in March 1994. This RFC advocates that ccTLD Managers act in the best interests of the local Internet community and InternetNZ is highly motivated in fulfilling this challenge.