The proposed amendment set a clear deadline for registering reserved names as it was acknowledged that the clause was not clear as to what would happen to names after the two year timeframe, given the use of the word ‘may’.
Currently clause 9.2 states “Two years after 30 September 2014 all reserved names that have not been registered may be released and become available to any Registrant on a first come, first served basis”.
The amended clause 9.2 will state: “All reserved names that have not been registered two years after the final date for reservations, namely 30 March 2017, will be released and become available to any Registrant on a first come, first served basis”
The amended clause will come into effect on 28 July 2016.
Note: a reserved name is a .nz name direct at the second level that was reserved by the eligible registrant during the preferential registration and reservation period.
The ability to be able to reserve .nz domain names was part of Preferential Registration Eligibility (PRE) - an important aspect of a 2014-2015 policy change that allowed people to get shorter names directly at .nz.
More information about that policy change can be found at https://www.dnc.org.nz/more-options-nz and https://www.dnc.org.nz/faq-nz-registrations-directly-second-level
For information about conflicted names visit dnc.org.nz/cnp.