Teething troubles for .maori.nz

Domainz temporarily suspended web registrations for .maori.nz names yesterday due to 'technical difficulties' but by late afternoon the system appeared to be working again.

Domainz temporarily suspended web registrations for .maori.nz names yesterday due to "technical difficulties" but by late afternoon the system appeared to be working again.

The new second level domain (2LD) .maori.nz launched at 11am yesterday but Domainz, the company that runs the register of .nz names, was unable to process new names due to "teething problems" with its interface, says Domainz CEO Derek Locke.

"Due to technical difficulties experienced during the activation of .maori names, Domainz have temporarily suspended web registrations until a resolution has been found. We will advise when the facility has been restored," Domainz announced early yesterday afternoon. By 5pm the system was running again.

Brent McDowell, director of web hosting firm iServe, says a number of his customers tried to register .maori.nz names but failed.

"It's a pretty generic [email] template, but at their end it just wasn't configured to accept .maori.nz. We had two or three customers registering 30 odd names and we tried to do it through the Domainz website but again it wouldn't allow us to register them."

Locke says the technical team at Domainz is working hard to fix the problem.

"We're working on it right now so it should be up and running shortly," he said yesterday morning, before announcing the temporary suspension.

Earlier today two different people registered the domain name - a.maori.nz - at the same time, confusing the Domainz system which allowed Simon Lyall to register as "name server administrator" and David Robb to register as "name holder representative". A brief tussle over control was won by Robb who as name holder had the authority to update the records so Lyall couldn't maintain his details.

"We are having fun. I think I won," says Robb who has no real plans for the name, but simply liked the look of it."

Lyall says he knows of at least one other person who also tried to register the name at the same time.

Locke says this kind of clash is not common.

"It's only when you get a new name like this and everyone rushes for the obvious ones that the double-ups occur."

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