A review of .nz policy

InternetNZ is doing a review of the .nz policies which set out the rules and procedures for anyone owning a .nz domain name.

The review will make sure .nz is modern, robust, safe and world-class. It will consider some big topics like scamming, trolling, hate speech and equal opportunities for all. 

The review panel

We have appointed an Advisory Panel to help us review the policies related to the .nz domain. The Panel - made up of 10 people - will explore a range of important issues and ways we might solve them together.

Issues could include things like:

  • How do we best minimise phishing, trolling and abuse on .nz websites? 
  • How should we manage incidents of hate speech and violence in the .nz domain name space? 
  • What do we want .nz to say about us as a nation? 
  • How do we ensure tikanga values of openness, compassion, respect, and integrity are incorporated into .nz?

Panel members

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


The review is estimated to run between July 2019 and July 2020.

Public consultations 

The panel will be doing public consultation in order to get feedback from the tech sector and wider public. Keep an eye out for your chance to have your say over the coming months. 

Briefings for the panel 

To spark dialogue amongst the Panel for their issues report, the secretariat provided two initial briefings on the .nz domain name system and preliminary issues. We want to share these briefings with you so you can follow along the journey and so you have the opportunity to identify issues we could add to the mix or any other feedback.

Issues report

The Panel’s first report outlines the issues it thinks need attention. These came about following engagement with New Zealanders through a variety of channels. You can check out the summary of issues and the full report.

Stay in touch

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Contact us 

If you wish to contact us about this project please email Kate Townsend at kate@internetnz.net.nz