The geek.nz second-level domain is now just one step from cyberspace, following unanimous approval by the InternetNZ council this week.
The 14-0 vote is an interim decision. The council will take a final vote at its next meeting in July, when it will consider implementation details and any further submissions.
Respondents to an InternetNZ straw poll were largely in favour: the poll received 956 positive votes, 103 against, and six abstentions. The proposal has seen much interest from the IT community in New Zealand and abroad.
Proponents say the domain could be used to deploy experimental services, such as DNS Security (DNSSEC) and IPv6.