Dot Kiwi Welcomes .nz to the New Era of the Internet

11 October 2013

Statement by Tim Johnson, CEO of DOT KIWI:

DOT KIWI welcomes .nz to the new era of the internet! We congratulate the Council of InternetNZ for deciding to approve a proposal to allow Kiwis to register their domain names directly to .nz. Like .kiwi, we believe this is a far simpler and more compelling proposition than previous iterations like

When .nz becomes available Kiwis will really be making a choice between two domain names – .kiwi or .nz. I know which one I prefer!

The main issue that InternetNZ will face when introducing registrations directly into .nz is wholesale confusion between and .nz and the array of other iterations, like or Organisations and individuals who have invested significant time and money into their domain are not guaranteed they will be able to secure their .nz domain. Some people will miss out.

From our experience bringing new top level domain names (TLDs) to market is time consuming. After two years of working on .kiwi, businesses will be able to start reserving .kiwi domain names from next month onwards and using them from 2014. We are proud to have brought to New Zealand the first relevant, simplified domain name in this new internet era.

Old domain name iterations like, and will be become relics of the past. In a world where the internet moves faster than anything else we’re looking forward to proud Kiwi early adopters coming on board.


.kiwi will bring a completely new option to the market for customers wishing to be associated with New Zealand on the internet, or via their email address. The domain will offer New Zealand organisations and individuals greater choice, branding creativity and the opportunity to differentiate themselves from competitors, providing them an exciting way of proclaiming their identity online.

To arrange interviews or for further information please contact:

Tim Johnson
Chief Executive Officer

Released on behalf of DOT KIWI by Porter Novelli:

Louisa Jones
Porter Novelli