InternetNZ has announced it won't be taking any more requests for new second level domain (2LD) names pending its review of the 2LD later this year.
The New Zealand Maori Internet Society successfully petitioned InternetNZ to have .maori.nz included in the 2LD. Domain names in that space go live on Thursday. The Bankers Association has also re-submitted its application for .bank.nz and debate over this new 2LD had reached such heights that InternetNZ says its oversight committee has placed a temporary halt on any new names being processed.
However InternetNZ will consider the last name submitted, .geek.nz, once the .bank.nz process has been completed.
The process for 2LD names is being reviewed by InternetNZ and as reported earlier by IDGNet could include either removing the second level altogether or freeing up the approval process for new second level names.
The process for any new name is a lengthy one - after an initial discussion period of two months a straw poll is conducted and if the name is accepted there is a second round of public submissions which runs for between 30 and 60 days.
Debate in various online fora has centred on whether new names should be accepted or whether the process is too lengthy and unnecessary. InternetNZ has already signalled it will be reviewing the process and the 2LD itself towards the end of the year once the new shared registry system (SRS) is in place.