.Geek.nz to go on sale next month

New Zealand's latest second level domain (2LD) .geek.nz has passed its final hurdle, being voted in by the council of InternetNZ on Friday.

Only one councillor abstained from voting and none voted against the proposal which will see domain names ending in .geek.nz available to anyone from late August.

The Domain Name Commissioner (DNC) Debbie Monahan says she is discussing the implementation with the registrars right now.

"Formally we give registrars 30 days notice of any change." Monahan doesn't expect any difficulties with enabling a new name.

"I don't think any of them will have any issues in putting .geek.nz in place but I'm checking that. We'll set the date after we've heard back from them."

The implementation of .geek.nz will go ahead without the controversial proposal to run the 2LD on separate name servers from the rest of the .nz space running DNSSEC and IPv6.

"The commencement of .geek.nz as a 2LD isn't dependent on any of that proposal. We've decided not to hold back on the implementation of .geek.nz. We will meet - myself the registry company and the applicants- and we'll talk about what the options are and we'll keep that discussion going. If at a later date we can say there is no impact, we can manage it then."

InternetNZ chief executive Peter Macaulay says he would like to see the entire .nz name space swapped over to DNSSEC, which is a security extension to existing domain name server protocols and IPv6, as soon as possible anyway.

"I have no problem with it. I think we should be looking at the improved security and it's already implemented in the .nl area and with things like IPv6 I'm a great proponent for us having a testbed for it just as soon as we can."

Macaulay says the move to the new protocols is a foregone conclusion.

"It's more a matter of timing it. It's not a matter of if, it's when."

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Paul Brislen

IDG New Zealand

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