As of 30th September 2014, the NZ Domain Name Commission has made second level domains – like the ‘.co’ in ‘.co.nz’ and the ‘.org’ in ‘.org.nz’ – optional so you can now register names with them, without them, or both.
For example, www.<yourdomainname>.co.nz could now be www.<yourdomainname>.nz
The NZ Domain Name Commission has put together a comprehensive website on this change which can be viewed here.
What does this mean for your domain name and website?
Depending on when you first registered your domain name, you may get Preferential Registration or Reservation (PRR) to claim the shorter version of your domain name, or it may be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
It’s therefore important for you to get onto registering or reserving your shorter ‘.nz’ domain name if you want to claim it. The final day for Preferential Registration or Reservation (PRR) to claim the ‘.nz’ version of your existing domain name is 1pm, 30 March 2015. All key dates can be found here.
Why would you want a ‘.nz’ domain?
You may want to claim your ‘.nz’ domain as you want to use this as your main website domain Eg: www.<yourdomainname>.nz Alternatively, you may want to claim it so no one else can claim it. You can continue to use your existing domain www.<yourdomainname>.co.nz and set up a redirect from www.<yourdomainname>.nz to your existing website. This covers you for the future if you ever do want to change over.
The availability of ‘.nz’ domain names is likely to create a market for people to claim well known business names after 1pm, 30 March 2015 and look to make a profit by selling them back to businesses. You can avoid this by using your PRR to claim your shorter domain name before the cut-off date.
A worked example of this is that CCH iFirm owns the domain names www.cchifirm.co.nz and www.ifirm.co.nz even though these both redirect to our main website www.cchifirm.com We claimed them as we didn’t want anyone else to use them and it also helps people find our website if they get our website domain slightly wrong. We will be claiming our ‘.nz’ domain for the same reasons.
How do you Register or Reserve your ‘.nz’ domain?
You need to know your Unique Domain Authentication ID (UDAI). Think of this as your password for your domain name. You can find out your UDAI from your domain Registrar. If you don’t know who your domain Registrar is, you can find out at www.dnc.org.nz by entering your domain in the SEARCH DOMAINS in the top left.
Once you have your UDAI, you can register or reserve your ‘.nz’ domain here.
There will be a cost to register your ‘.nz’ domain that will be determined by your domain Registrar.
If your domain is registered through CCH please contact us to request your ‘.nz’ domain.
Using CCH Web Manager and want to redirect your ‘.nz’ domain to your existing website?
After claiming your ‘.nz’ domain, you can set this up to redirect to your existing website.
All you need to do is contact your domain Registrar and ask them to point the ‘A’ records for www.<yourdomainname>.nz and http://<yourdomainname>.nz at IP address 126.96.36.199. Once this is done, contact the Web Design Team (email@example.com) and we will add the secondary domain to Web Manager.
Alternatively, if you would like to make the ‘.nz’ version your primary website address we can also set this up for you in Web Manager once the domain is pointing at the above IP address.