Minutes of the .nz Oversight Committee Meeting

Friday 29 February 2008


Present: Richard Currey, Frank March, Helen Algar, Andy Linton, David Russell, Roger Hicks, Joy Liddicoat, Peter Macaulay, Debbie Monahan

Richard opened the meeting and welcomed InternetNZ President Peter Macaulay who was attending the meeting as an observer.

1. Minutes

The minutes of the last NZOC meeting were passed as true and accurate. There were no further matters arising that were not covered elsewhere in the agenda.

2. NZOC Register of Interests

No conflicts were noted for this meeting and one change was made to the current register of interests as Richard Currey has changed employment.

3. DNC Reports

The DNC spoke to her reports covering the months of November, December and January. There was a discussion around the compliance of registrars and the market share statistics. NZOC agreed that the .nz market remains highly competitive.

4. NZRS DNS Plan

A copy of the NZRS “DNS Roadmap” was discussed. A more detailed project plan is being developed. NZOC expressed concern about the time the project was taking, particularly as the SLA states that detailed reporting against all 7 name servers would be in place from 1 April 2007. It was agreed that the NZOC Chair would write to the NZRS Chair seeking more information on the timetable for the DNS project.

5. Registering, Managing and Cancelling Domain Names Policy Review

After considering legal advice received, NZOC agreed not to implement any process to cancel domain names based on how they were being used (phishing, spam etc). It was agreed that the current position of not getting involved in the use of a domain name would be reiterated in a new clause to be drafted for the RMC Policy. Changes to the FAQ section of the DNC website, proposed by the lawyers to explain this position, were supported by NZOC. The DNC will contact State Services Commission, who proposed a process for cancelling domain names based on use, and advise them of the NZOC decision.

6. .nz Dispute Resolution Service Policy Review

Three submissions were received for the review into the DRS. NZOC agreed that the only change to the policy at this time will be the insertion of a clause covering the registrars undertaking actions agreed to at mediation. Other proposals submitted would be considered as part of the next review.

7. .nz Fee Review

NZOC agreed that the joint letter with NZRS be submitted to the next Council meeting for their consideration.

8. IDN Working Group – oral update

Richard Currey provided an update on the submissions received as a result of the first consultation and a recent meeting of the working group. A second consultation is planned asking more specific questions around the implementation of the Māori macrons. Registrars will also be specifically consulted for their views on IDNs in the .nz domain name space.

9. Any other business

In line with previously agreed travel criteria, it was agreed that the DNC and NZOC Chair could make bookings for the next ICANN meeting in France.

This was the final meeting of the .nz Oversight Committee with Domain Name Commission Limited (DNCL) to commence operations on 1 April 2008. No date has been set for the first meeting of the DNCL Board.

The Chair expressed his thanks to all members of NZOC for their efforts.