Voting on the proposed new second level domain name (2LD) .bank.nz closes this weekend, but it is likely to pass the first hurdle, says InternetNZ executive director Sue Leader.
The proposal, from the New Zealand Bankers Association, would see the formation of a new moderated 2LD purely for those banks registered as such by the Reserve Bank.
This is the second time the proposal has been put before InternetNZ, which coordinates such things. The first attempt, in 2000, failed after receiving support from less than 70% of those who voted. Anyone who has a New Zealand postal address can vote in the straw poll.
"I'm reasonably confident that it will pass the threshold this time round," says Leader.
If it does pass, the application then enters the submissions/discussions phase before the council of InternetNZ puts a recommendation forward and more submissions are taken on the matter. A final decision would be some months away.
InternetNZ has one more 2LD to consider, .geek.nz, but has imposed a moratorium on any new applications pending a review of the procedure. The domain name commissioner Debbie Monahan will meet with an InternetNZ committee later this month to discuss matters of policy.