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Showdown looms as .kiwi and .kiwi.nz face off

.kiwi vs .kiwi.nzClunky as it sounds, InternetNZ reckons there's demand for a new second level domain in the .nz domain name space – .kiwi.nz – and has approved its creation.

The implementation of .kiwi.nz is being managed by InternetNZ’s subsidiary company the Domain Name Commission Ltd. Authorised .nz registrars will be able to take registrations for these names from 10am on September 11.

The application for the creation of .kiwi.nz was received in April. A 25-day period of public consultation followed, with 14 submissions received. After considering these submissions, the Domain Name Commission recommended to InternetNZ that the domain be created.

If the threshold of 500 applications for .kiwi.nz is not met, the domain will not be made active.

Tim Johnson, chief executive at Dot Kiwi Ltd, isn't impressed, and says InternetNZ is causing confusion with the move.

Dot Kiwi has forked out a significant amount so far in order to apply for the .kiwi domain under ICANN's (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) new generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) programme.

"There will now be widespread confusion with the .kiwi.nz domain and the well-advertised forthcoming launch of the .kiwi domain," he said in a statement.

"It is obvious and disappointing that the .kiwi.nz domain will cause and leverage the confusion between the more compelling, appealing and straight-forward .kiwi and the extended .kiwi.nz domain name ... This will only add to the confusion between the two 'Kiwis'."