Most people with existing .nz names – such as .co.nz, .org.nz and net.nz have preferential registration or reservation (PRR) and are able to register or reserve their name direct at .nz before anybody else gets the opportunity.
But people with preferential rights wanting to register or reserve, only have until 1pm, 30 March 2015 to do so. If you don’t take action before then, the name will become available for general registration.
The Domain Name Commission released a press release today, urging people eligible to register to do so before time runs out.
Domain Name Commissioner Debbie Monahan said more than 50,000 shorter .nz names have so far been registered or reserved.
“However, there are tens of thousands of people entitled to get the shorter version of their name first who are yet to take action,” Monahan said.
Registering one of the new, shorter .nz names is done through any .nz domain name registrar. Reserving is a free service and can only be done at a dedicated website set up by the Domain Name Commission – anyname.nz.
Some people may find the shorter .nz version of their name is ‘conflicted’, meaning it has been registered in at least two ‘second levels’ – for example, one person may hold the .co.nz version, while another may hold the .org.nz version.
If you have a conflicted domain name, don’t worry, you will still be able to use the same domain name you’ve always had.