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Status: Active
country: New Zealand Community
Manager: Dot Kiwi Ltd
Registry Provider: CIRA
Type: gTLD
Category: Culture
PIC Submitted: Download Here
Priority #: 331 - Dot Kiwi

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.kiwi is an active gTLD that was proposed in ICANN's new gTLD program. The TLD is based on a self-identifying title used by New Zealanders, and is intended for use by New Zealand identifying companies and individuals. A company founded by a New Zealand businessman living in Canada, Dot Kiwi Ltd, was the sole applicant for the gTLD and is now the Registry and manager of the domain. The proposed application succeeded and was delegated to the Root Zone on 03 January, 2014.[1]

Dot Kiwi

Dot Kiwi has teamed up with Minds + Machines to manage the registry. Minds + Machines famously brought on New Zelander, and former ICANN Chairman, Peter Dengate Thrush after his tenure as an ICANN director ended following the approval of the new gTLD program at ICANN 41.

The TLD is positioned to directly compete with New Zealand's ccTLD, .nz, to act as the top level national identifier. .nz's manager, the non-profit InternetNZ, had not ruled out that the organization would also apply for the .kiwi TLD. However, instead of submitting its own application for .kiwi, InternetNZ approved the creation of the second level domain .kiwi.nz, for those who want to register personal domain names. Registrations for .kiwi.nz opened on September 11, 2012, but the company's policy states that the 2LD will not go live until 500 registrations are made.[2]

.kiwi does not have restrictions on citizenship or relation to New Zealand, which is one major differentiation between the ccTLD, .nz. It is open to any registrant that wants to associate themselves with the kiwi identity.[3]

Dot Kiwi Ltd states that is gives a percentage of revenue from registrations to help victims of the Christchurch earthquake.[4]

Contract Signed

On Sept 23, 2013 Dot Kiwi received a Registry Agreement signed by ICANN for .kiwi after passing the Initial Evaluation.[5]

Delegation and Availability

.kiwi was delegated to the Root Zone of the DNS on January 3, 2014, completing the successful application for the string.[1]


The Registry announced that the Sunrise Period for the string would begin 16 January 2014 and end on 17 March 2014.[6]