A group of Vancouver-based New Zealand expats has made an application for the .kiwi internet domain. The application is being made by New Zealand-registered Dot Kiwi Limited under ICANN's (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) new generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) programme. The programme will introduce a wave of potential new domains beyond the traditional geographic and organisational identifiers such as .co.nz or .org. Dot Kiwi was formed by a group of expat New Zealanders based in Vancouver and includes internet lawyer Peter Dengate Thrush on its board of directors. Dengate Thrush has been the past chairs of both Internet New Zealand and ICANN and has been involved in the moulding of the laws applicable to ICANN’s governance. If Dot Kiwi's application is successful, the new domain is expected to be available to individuals or organisations in early 2013. Dot Kiwi says it will establish a fund from the sale of .kiwi domains to benefit the Christchurch rebuild. A percentage of the revenue and profit before tax from the sale of .kiwi domains will be donated to a trust formed to receive, administer and distribute funds to Christchurch as they are earned and donated. The trust will be chaired by Sir John Hansen, a former High Court judge .
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