The Domain Name Commission is responsible for regulating the .nz domain name space – helping individuals with their .nz online presence.
We want people, businesses and communities to have a trusted and distinctively New Zealand online presence.
- authorising service providers to manage .nz domain names for end users
- monitoring the health & competitiveness of the .nz market
- ensuring .nz policy compliance for domain name service providers and domain name users
- handling any enquiries relating to .nz domain names
- administering an independent Dispute Resolution Service
Domain Name Commission
Wholly owned by InternetNZ and has charitable status. Headed by the Domain Name Commissioner for day to day oversight of the .nz domain name space.
NZRS Limited (Until 31 March 2018)
Responsible for the register of domain names and the operation of the domain name system (DNS).
There were many changes to staffing at the Domain Name Commission in 2017-18. Following an internal re-alignment process to move to a flatter structure, the two senior Managers of policy and security left the Domain Name Commission.
Three months later, the Domain Commission made several other staffing changes in response to InternetNZ’s reorganisation. Debbie Monahan, the inaugural Commissioner, departed from the Domain Name Commission, a move foreshadowed during InternetNZ’s consultation on its proposed structure.
The communications and business services functions were also disestablished in favour of a shared services model to be performed by InternetNZ and outsourced service providers.
These changes mean that the Commission’s structure moving forward will comprise of four Full-Time Equivalents working across enquiries, dispute management, compliance and regulatory functions with plans to add a further 1 FTE to its enquiries area. These changes will result in an Office focused on market regulation, awareness and education, policy enforcement and dispute management.
The domain name industry is a niche environment. It is essential that staff have access to a program of innovation and continuous improvement to stay relevant.
In 2017-18 a capability matrix was developed jointly with staff and a training program rolled out. This year we focused on having all staff attend the “Successful Client Communication” workshop, a course arranged through the Dispute Investigators Group.
In 2018-19 the team will be better able to pursue their learning needs online and through our revised learning and development program.