You can now register domain names in New Zealand without second level domains. This means the '.co' in '' and the '.org' in '' are now optional.

If you have a domain name which uses a second level domain such as '.co' or '.org' you should consider reserving the shorter .nz domain name before it is obtained by a competitor or someone else.

You will have preferential registration or reservation (PRR) status if you already have a '' or '' domain name. If you have PRR status you can register or reserve the shorter version of your .nz domain name until 1pm on 30 March 2015. After that time preferential rights will expire and your shorter .nz domain name will be available for others to register or reserve.

You can check your PRR status and obtain more information about the shorter .nz domain names on the Domain Name Commission's website,

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