InternetNZ And CIRA Partner On A New .nz Registry

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Wellington, 20 April 2021. InternetNZ has
today announced a significant investment in its Internet
infrastructure to renew the .nz registry platform.
InternetNZ will partner with the Canadian Internet
Registration Authority (CIRA) to customise and deploy its
CIRA Registry Platform. The new .nz registry will be fully
operational by late 2022 and InternetNZ will continue to run
and maintain it on-shore.

InternetNZ Group Chief
Executive Jordan Carter says, “We evaluated a number of
different registry platform solutions, and we chose the CIRA
Registry Platform because it will provide .nz with
world-class stability, flexibility and

“We are also very pleased to be
working in partnership with another registry operator in
CIRA that shares our public good goals and community

“We could not have found a better partner
than .nz,” said Byron Holland, president and CEO, CIRA.
“They share our vision for how a modern country code
top-level domain (ccTLD) should operate and are an industry
peer we often look to for inspiration. Our two organizations
share a common DNA and a shared vision for the future of our

In adopting this new platform, InternetNZ
will deprecate its proprietary Shared Registry System
protocol (SRS) and standardise on the globally adopted
Extensible Provisioning Protocol (EPP).

“We are
already working with our customers to prepare for this
change and keep New Zealanders online with .nz,” says

The CIRA Registry Platform is a
next-generation TLD platform that leverages CIRA’s more
than 20 years of experience managing the .CA domain to
create a flexible, robust registry platform to support a
modern TLD business. It is currently in use with both the
.ca (Canada) and .ie (Ireland)

“Welcoming .nz to our platform adds
another great ccTLD to our growing community and provides us
with the opportunity to collaborate with their innovative
team to bring a fresh perspective to the CIRA Registry
Platform. We are building a community of like-minded TLDs to
help us transform the industry for the next 25 years, and
.nz will be a key part of that evolution,” said Dave
Chiswell, general manager, registry services,

InternetNZ has been the home of .nz since 1997
and proudly supports over 720,000 .nz domain names. This
multi-million dollar investment in a new registry platform
will allow InternetNZ to keep meeting New Zealand’s needs
for a world-class domain name service.

“.nz is
already the most preferred domain name option for New
Zealanders due to its security, reliability and trust. The
new registry will allow us to provide an even greater level
of service to our registrar customers and New Zealanders,”
says Carter.

For more information about this registry
replacement, please visit

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