The committee to review the second level domain (2LD) in New Zealand has been selected after a great deal of interest was expressed in the four positions.
The Domain Name Commissioner (DNC) Debbie Monahan says there was plenty of interest in the four positions, which she takes to be a good sign.
"There were other strong people nominated and submissions will be actively sought during the consultation process. I am aware there is quite a bit of interest in this in some areas and will ensure a thorough review," says Monahan.
Monahan will herself chair the committee and representing the .NZ Oversight Committee of InternetNZ is Roger Hicks.
The four members selected are Steven Heath, Andy Linton, Mark Harris and Karaitiana Taiuru.
Heath has worked for a number of years within InternetNZ as the chair of the new 2LD application working group.
"The impact of any change to the second level name space will have a profound impact on .nz domain name holders," says Heath. "This means that this working group will not be a quick hit but will have to have many rounds of consulting and talking to the NZ internet community before coming to any conclusions or recommendations."
Karaitiana Taiuru helped set up the Maori Internet Society which successfully submitted the .maori.nz 2LD - the only new 2LD to be introduced since the existing process was introduced in 1997.
Andy Linton is a former councillor of InternetNZ where he worked on the Internet2 steering group as well as the technical committee and made a large contribution to the debate over the introduction of the shared registry system (SRS). Linton was recently recruited to the board of the company that will be running the .org namespace for ICANN. Self-appointed ICANN watchdog ICANN Watch describes Linton as "an obstreperous and independent techie".
Mark Harris is also a former councillor of InternetNZ and has been involved in several working groups, including the one that developed the electronic meeting guidelines for InternetNZ.
The second level currently consists of 11 domain names from the familiar (.co.nz, .org.nz) to the restricted (.mil.nz, .cri.nz). There is a moratorium on new 2LDs, although one final application was received before the moratorium was introduced: .geek.nz is being considered by InternetNZ which administers the .nz name space. Voting on the name will begin on February 19 and close on March 5. Anyone with a "valid email address and a New Zealand located postal address" is eligible to vote.
The review will "consider all aspects of 2LDs in the .nz space for example, whether it should be easier or harder to get a new 2LD, whether all the existing 2LDs should remain and even whether the .nz space should have 2LDs at all" according to a statement on the DNC website.