Domain Name Commission’s Independent Review

Published on 04 Apr 2019

Story originally published 4 April 2019

This Consultation has now closed.

The Domain Name Commission is now seeking feedback on its first Independent Review.

This is a chance to have your say on how the Commission can best serve the sellers, buyers and service providers in the .nz domain name industry and how the Commission should represent itself at international fora alongside InternetNZ.

This approach is consistent with the Domain Name Commission continuously looking to improve the way in which it operates


The first independent review of New Zealand’s Domain Name Commission has found the organisation has been effective in its oversight of the .nz domain name industry, as well as to benchmark what it means to be a good self-regulator.

This review is an important step in ensuring, that in a changing landscape,  the Commission remains up to date with it approach to the oversight of the .nz domain name industry.

The Independent Reviewer Mr David Pickens, conducted a number of interviews with stakeholders.

Those interviewed were a wide range of stakeholders including the DNCL Board, Commerce Commission, New Zealand Police, APTLD, and other regulatory offices. The draft report was fact checked by John Burton of Izard Weston.

Domain Name Commission Regulatory Review [PDF}

Recommendations and findings [PDF]

Media Release

Submissions can be emailed to or posted to PO Box 11881, Wellington 6142. All submissions will be published below as they are received. Individuals making submissions may request that their personal details be withheld from publication. Submissions should be received by midday Thursday 6 June 2019.


Metaname [pdf]

Karaitiana Taiuru  [pdf]

Jay Daley [pdf]

Leela Hendrix [pdf]