.nz domain names

This is a reminder that you have until 30 March to reserve or register the .nz version of your domain name. That is, if you have yourname.co.nz you may want to also get the new yourname.nz domain.

If you reserve this, you have until 30 Sept 2016 to decide if you want to register and keep it. It is free to reserve it until then and in the meantime it is protected for you.

We are recommending to all of our clients (and you) that they reserve their .nz domain name (s). Its unlikely that you will want to change over to this new domain for your website in the short term, but it is important to protect it.

There is a process that you need to follow to reserve your domain. Info on this is at www.anyname.co.nz. There you can see if you have automatic rights to the name or if you have a conflict of rights with others.

If you do not do this before 30 March 2015 the name is then available to anyone on a first-come, first- served basis – your competitor could get your .nz name if they wish.

Only 13 days to go – do it now!

Please Note:

Completing this process for our clients has highlighted some serious issues with domain records. You should check and correct anything on your record(s) if required.

Go to http://dnc.org.nz/ to check your domain record(s)

There are two critical things to ensure are correct.

1) The most important thing is the Registrant Contact Email address for your domain name. This is effectively who owns the domain name.

The address needs to be correct and enduring – ie not that of a staff member who is likely to move on. Use something for the business like info@yourbusiness.co.nz

If this email address goes out of date it can be extremely hard and time consuming to change. For one client it took almost 3 months of calls, emails and faxes with one of NZ’s major telecom companies to change this information.

2) The other most important thing to ensure remains active is your login / contact address with whoever is looking after your domain name. For example, your account login email address at Freeparking, Discount Domains, Godaddy or whoever.

If this email address goes dead, you will not receive renewal notices and your domain name could expire without you knowing about it.

We have had instances of people losing critical domain names because they did not receive renewal notices.

Our recommendations:

1) Check your domain record now.

2) Do not use a staff email address for your domain record Registrant or Admin contact email address or for your Registrar account logins.

3) Watch your email for notices about your domain name – do not delete things you are unsure about regarding your domain name – some of these emails are critical!

4) Reserve or register your .nz domain now.

We can help you with this if required. We need a minimum of approx 45 minutes of chargeable time to check your domain and reserve your .nz name. We would inform you if it was more complicated and needed more time to make or facilitate the required changes. More than one domain would also take longer of course.

5) Beware of calls from some well known NZ Domain registrars regarding nz domain names – they are making cold calls to tell you that you must register your .nz domain name with them. However they are providing incorrect or incomplete information about the process in an effort to secure your business and lock you into them. It is verging on a scam at worst and at best is scaremongering and misinformation – somewhat unethical of them we believe and they should know better. Beware!

Contact us if you would like a check and assistance with your .nz domain or domain record.