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InternetNZ launches new registry for .nz

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InternetNZ launches new registry for .nz

The country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for Aotearoa New Zealand, .nz, has a new registry system, InternetNZ announced.

InternetNZ manages the nation's ccTLD which has more than 750,000 domains currently.

The new platform is the result of a partnership with the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) which InternetNZ started working with in 2021.

Vivien Maidaborn, who was appointed as chief executive of InternetNZ in July this year said the partnership with CIRA was fully remote throughout the development of the new system, and the migration to it.

"The new system enables us to provide critical infrastructure for New Zealand for years to come," Maidaborn said.

As part of the move, InternetNZ will no longer use the Shared Registry System (SRS) protocol which was developed in 2002

Instead, InternetNZ has shifted fully to the newer Extensible Provisioning Protocol (EPP) with authenticated and encrypted communications to the server with the mutual transport layer security (mTLS) protocol. 

Registrars for .nz domains will get more self-service capability with the new CIRA system, which reduces technical barriers.

InternetNZ said the new system will make it easier to maintain, update and operate the service over the long term.

"We also included a lot of new security controls in the system, responding to challenges of constantly changing threats," Tim Johnson, InternetNZ's general manager for customer and product said.

The ccTLD manager's wholesale price is $18 plus goods and services tax per domain name and year, with registrars being able to charge customers what they like.

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