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Type: Non-profit
Industry: Registry
Founded: New Zealand, 1995
Founder(s): Colin Jackson
Headquarters: Level 9, Grand Arcade Tower,
16 Willis Street, Wellington,
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Country: New Zealand
Twitter: TwitterIcon.png@InternetNZ
Key People
Jordan Carter, Chief Executive

Andrew Cushen, Work Programme Director
Ellen Strickland, Collaboration and Community Lead
David Cormack, Communications Lead

InternetNZ (Internet New Zealand Inc.) is a non-profit open membership organization dedicated to protecting and promoting the Internet in New Zealand and fostering a coordinated, cooperative approach to its ongoing development.[1]


InternetNZ was established in 1995. Since 1996, InternetNZ is the recognized delegated manager for the .nz ccTLD. This delegation is from IANA, a function managed by ICANN.

The redelegation to InternetNZ occurred in 1996, when Waikato University wished to cease providing domain name registration services due to the increasing demand for domain names in the .nz space, during the years of rapid growth of the Internet. IANA authorised this friendly redelegation, and the New Zealand Government acknowledged this change a number of years later.

On the 29th of October, 2007, InternetNZ and ICANN entered into an arrangement by an "exchange of letters" recognizing each other and the obligations of the two parties in relation to the operation of the .nz domain name.[2]

In 2008, InternetNZ proposed to change it's official name from “The Internet Society of New Zealand” to “Internet New Zealand Inc.”.[3]

New gTLDs

As of January, 2012, InternetNZ had declared an interest in applying for .kiwi though ICANN's new gTLD program. The extension is an interesting bid given that it is a national identifier akin to New Zealand's .nz ccTLD, but arguably more fun. InternetNZ is not the only organization interested in applying for the extension, as a group of ex-pats based in Vancouver, Canada, have declared their intention to do the same. The latter group is associated with current Minds + Machines Chairman, and former ICANN Board Chairman, Peter Dengate Thrush.[4]

.kiwi was designated to Dot Kiwi Limited and provides domain competition to the .nz gTLD [5]

Current Councillors

As of March, 2015, the elected InternetNZ council are: Hamish MacEwan, Brenda Wallace, Neil James, Richard Wood, Lance Wiggs, Amber Craig, Rochelle Furneaux, Dave Moskovitz, Sarah Lee and Hayden Glass. The council is headed by president Jamie Baddeley and vice-president Joy Liddicoat.[6].


InternetNZ also has two wholly owned subsidaries, they are:

Services offered by InternetNZ

InternetNZ is the recognised delegated manager for the .nz ccTLD.


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