Reviewing .nz — New Zealand’s place online

InternetNZ is undertaking a review of the policies related to the .nz domain name space. The domain name space is a vital component of the Internet — making it easy for people to connect. .nz is also the front door to New Zealand for a lot of people.

We think this is important work, and we want to engage the wider community. We are now looking to appoint an Advisory Panel of diverse, smart and engaged people to help us review the policies related to the .nz domain. The Panel will explore a range of important issues and ways we might solve them together. Such issues could include:

  • 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?

We are thrilled to announce Sue Chetwin has been appointed as Chair of the Panel. Sue is the current Chief Executive of Consumer NZ. She is also a director of the Banking Ombudsman Scheme, a member of the Online Media Standards Authority and has been a member of the Electricity Authority's Retail Advisory Group.

To work with Sue, we are looking for a diverse Panel of 8-10 people to help with the review. We are seeking a balance between Panel members who have an understanding and experience of the Internet and .nz but also those who can bring new and fresh perspectives.

We are expecting to appoint the Panel to begin work in May/June 2019. Membership is expected to last for up to 12 months. For further details, please see the Terms of Reference and supporting documentation.

Do you have the skills and traits we are looking for?

We are looking for a Panel who can work with key stakeholders in the .nz Internet community (registrars, resellers, registrants and consumers), the business community, government, community and tikanga Māori leaders through:

  • strong communication and engagement skills
  • critical analysis and big-picture, strategic thinking
  • innovative and dynamic solutions-oriented thinking.

We are particularly seeking panel members with the following areas of expertise:

  • understanding of the Internet's ability to enable economic benefit or social connectivity
  • technical know how on the way the domain name system works
  • understanding of, and experience in, how regulation is made
  • has worked with communities excluded from accessing the benefits of the Internet
  • understanding of tikanga values of openness, compassion, respect and Te Ao Māori.

If you think you have the skills and traits listed above and would like to be on an Advisory Panel exploring and looking to solve a range of important internet-related issues, we'd love to hear from you.

Please apply via seek at the link below no later than 21 May. 

If you have any queries, please contact or phone 04 555 0123 and ask for Vicki.

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