For the first time New Zealanders have a unique way to take pride in their Kiwi-ness online. It’s called .kiwi (‘dot kiwi’).

Now Kiwis can truly be Kiwis online with an internet domain designed specifically for New Zealanders and New Zealand businesses – .kiwi.

This has all come about since ICANN (the international organisation responsible for regulating and coordinating the internet names and numbers directory), voted in June 2011 to vastly expand the number of domain names available.

Dot Kiwi is a New Zealand company that has been approved by ICANN to become the world’s only .kiwi registry. We’re incredibly proud to offer New Zealanders a fresh, modern, and unique online identity that we all really call our own.

We believe the .kiwi domain will be hugely valuable for Kiwi businesses, opening the door to greater branding creativity and creating more opportunities for companies to differentiate themselves from competitors.

The people behind Dot Kiwi

Angus Richardson


Tim Johnson


Andy Ellis


Angus is a Chartered Accountant with a background in Financial and Real Estate Services, having articled with KPMG LLP in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Angus provided Assurance and Tax services primarily for clients in Western Canada, developing a strength in internal controls management and financial reporting. Angus subsequently worked with Scotiabank Global Banking and Markets in Vancouver providing transaction and capital markets advisory services to clients across a diverse range of industries from Forestry to Telecommunications.

Tim is a technologist and repatriated New Zealander with significant experience in developing and managing IT systems for large companies and government organisations. He has a strong interest in building and enhancing the Kiwi community online and around the world. Having worked on UNDP and NZDF projects, he is also a pro-bono technology and policy consultant to a number of small nation governments around the world, was previously on the board of Kea Vancouver, and is the co-founder of a ‘better practice’ business improvement group comprised of over 250 businesses.

In his spare time, Tim manages the New Zealand Bobsled team which is based out of Whistler, British Columbia, Canada.

Justine has more than 14 years' experience in administration with a background in the Corporate Learning and Development and Public Relations sectors, most recently as Executive Assistant to the Executive Leadership Team at Acumen Republic, one of New Zealand's leading communications agencies.  Prior to that, Justine spent eight years providing administrative and logistical support in the Learning and Development sector, the majority of which was spent with Forum Corporation, a global leader in sales and leadership training.

In her spare time, Justine is Mum to three sons and enjoys travelling, with Croatia, Iona and Whistler top on her 'must visit' list.  She also feels she'd be a keen golfer, given half the chance and a couple of lessons.

Andrew "Andy" Ellis was born in Christchurch, he has worn the famous All Black test jersey for New Zealand behind the scrum on 26 different occasions with his most recent game being the unforgettable, hard fought 2011 World Rugby Cup Final which cemented the New Zealand All Blacks as the premier rugby team on the planet. Andy has represented the Canterbury provincial senior team 74 times and has 107 super rugby caps for the all conquering Crusaders.

Andy attended Lincoln University where he studied a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture. Alongside his career as a professional rugby player, Andy has kept his hand in at landscape architecture, picking up gold awards on two separate occasions at the prestigious Ellerslie Flower show as well as the supreme award for design. Andy was invited to the Singapore International flower show where he also won gold.

Peter Dengate Thrush


Sir John Hansen


Hugh Richardson


June Richardson


David Rishworth


Norm Thompson


Peter is immediate past Chairman of Top Level Domain Holdings (AIM: TLDH.L), a company dedicated to managing a portfolio of new generic Top Level Domains. Before joining the company, he was Chairman of the Board of Directors of ICANN, and in that role managed the process that resulted in the historic decision to launch the new gTLD programme in June 2011. He has been actively involved in international policy development and Internet governance since 1995 and is a regular media commentator on Internet issues. Peter is a past Chairman of InternetNZ and of the Asia Pacific Top Level Domain Association.

A barrister and registered patent attorney specialising in intellectual property matters, Peter is Chairman of the New Zealand Electricity Rulings Panel and a member of the New Zealand Copyright Tribunal.He is also on the board of directors of Paycasso Verify Ltd, a London-based company specialising in on-line identity authentication and verification, using patented facial recognition technology.

Sir John William Hansen, a past judge of the New Zealand High Court, has enjoyed a prestigious legal career spanning more than forty years. He held several judicial offices from 1979 until 1988 in Hong Kong and since 1988, in the High Court of New Zealand. From 1995 until 2008, he fulfilled his duties at the Christchurch High Court. Sir John was awarded DCNZM in the 2008 Queen’s Birthday Honours, for services to the judiciary.

Sir John is Chairman of the Legal Aid Services Board, Canterbury Clinical Network, Dunedin Venues Management Limited, Dunedin Venues Limited; Rulings Panel for the Gas Industry Co Ltd; Board of New Zealand Cricket; member of IRB and NZRFU Appeals Council; member of Court of Appeals for the Solomon Islands and Western Samoa. He is also a member of the New Zealand Red Cross 2011 Earthquake Commission, an independent Commission set up to oversee the disbursement of funds donated to the New Zealand Red Cross 2011 Earthquake Appeal to help those effected by the February 2011 earthquake.

Hugh, an expat from Auckland and a CA by training is currently a director of the Apps Transport Group – an organisation he has worked closely with for the past 10 years. Hugh and his wife June (who is from Christchurch) are directors of a number of private companies operating in New Zealand and western Canada. Mr. Richardson has more than 35 years of financial and operating experience with organisations such as TNT Transport Group and Canada Steamship lines, where he served as General Manager and courier division President, respectively. After leaving the Reimer Group, where he was President of Intercity Truck lines from 1987, he formed a family holding company that contracted services to the Intermodal Division of CN Rail. He subsequently sold this operation to CN after CN launched its IPO in 1996.

Later that year, Mr. Richardson was part of a Canadian-led solid waste environmental initiative to Malaysia as a senior consultant for inter-modal and collection activities. On returning to Canada in 1998, he began working with the Apps Transport Group after his family holding company acquired a significant interest in the western operating company. Together with his wife June, both are directors of a number of private companies operating in New Zealand and western Canada.

June was born in Christchurch and brought up in a farming community in North Canterbury. She was educated at St. Margaret’s College, an institution that has suffered severe damage as a result of the earthquakes. June travelled extensively prior to moving to Canada in 1975 and has since been involved with her husband Hugh in their various business and other endeavours in New Zealand and Canada. June maintains close contact with family and friends in Christchurch and North Canterbury, and visits at least once per year.

David Rishworth is a barrister, solicitor and notary public, with his own practice in Auckland. For 37 years, he was a partner and then a consultant in law firm, Bell Gully. From 1992 until 2001 he was actively engaged in undertaking legal work for Asian investors in New Zealand in a wide variety of investments. Then, from 1995 until 2008 he was on the Executive Committee of the ASEAN New Zealand Combined Business council with a particular interest in Indonesia. He continues to represent Asian investors in New Zealand and has a modest business interest in Indonesia. He is also a trustee of the Asia New Zealand Foundation.

Norm Thompson most recently held the role of Deputy Chief Executive Officer at Air New Zealand, prior to his retirement on 31 December 2013.  He was also Chairman of the Tourism Industry Association of New Zealand (until 31 October 2013), the Air New Zealand Environment Trust (until 31 December 2013), and Altitude Engineering (until 31 March 2014).

He is the current Deputy Chair of ATEED (Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development), a Tourism New Zealand board member, a Trustee on the Young Enterprise Trust board, a director of Dot Kiwi, a committee member for the New Zealand Golf Open 2015 and a member of the advisory group for Golf Tourism New Zealand.

Some of the other key positions that Norm held at Air New Zealand during his tenure include Group General Manager Short Haul Airlines (accountability for Domestic, Tasman and Pacific operations); Group General Manager Marketing; Network, Marketing and Sales; Regional General Manager The Americas; and Regional General Manager New Zealand and Pacific Islands.

Norm’s recent executive education includes a business management programme at Stanford University in the United States, and accreditation with the New Zealand Institute of Directors.