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Domain names

A domain name acts as the address of a presence, or a website, on the internet.

It is effectively an alphanumeric phone number. Generally the format of a domain name is - www.[identifier].[suffix]. The most common domain names in New Zealand use the format - www.[identifier].co.nz

Domain names are becoming increasingly important in business. It will not be long before having a domain name is as common as having a phone number. As domain names are allocated on a first come first served basis, it is important to get in quick to secure a suitable domain name.

Disputes concerning domain names ending in .nz are governed by the Dispute Resolution Service Policy (DRSP) administered by the Domain Name Commission. You can find further information on the DRSP process and costs by reading our information sheet: "Summary of .nz domain name dispute resolution procedure".

Disputes concerning global domain names such as those ending in .com, .net, .org, are governed by the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) administered by the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO). You can find further information on the UDRP process and costs by reading our information sheet: "Summary of UDRP domain name dispute resolution procedure".

For more information see our frequently asked questions pages or information sheets below.

Domain names FAQs
.nz domain name dispute resolution policy FAQs