The creation of another new second level domain (2LD) .geek.nz has moved a step forward after successfully passing a straw poll conducted on behalf of InternetNZ.
Dean Pemberton, a Sydney-based senior network engineer, introduced the .geek.nz proposal last year shortly before InternetNZ declared a moratorium on new 2LDs (see InternetNZ declares moratorium on new 2LDs). The process was delayed as InternetNZ dealt with an existing proposal, from the Bankers Association, for the creation of a moderated 2LD, .bank.nz. That proposal failed at the first hurdle and .geek.nz was then considered.
Any proposed new 2LD must get more than 70% of the vote in a straw poll to be considered for the next stage - in this case, .geek.nz received around 90%.
The process is a lengthy one and .geek.nz must now go through a discussion round, possibly lasting for 30 days, followed by an interim decision from InternetNZ, followed by another discussion period, followed by a decision.
The moratorium was introduced to allow InternetNZ and the domain name commissioner time to review the whole process governing the 2LD in general.