Domainz reshuffle sees new company formed

As part of its major restructuring InternetNZ, formerly the Internet Society, is establishing a new company to run the domain name register for New Zealand while Domainz moves towards a role as a commercial domain name registrar.

As part of its major restructuring InternetNZ, formerly the Internet Society, is establishing a new company to run the domain name register for New Zealand, while Domainz moves towards a role as a commercial domain name registrar.

Domainz, which currently has a monopoly on the register itself, could even be sold off by InternetNZ in the future as the society has no long term plan to own its own registrar company, says officer Steven Heath.

"The long-term intent is for the society not to own a registrar in the competitive landscape. It would be like the government owning a newspaper," says Heath who is one of three people on the interview committee that is helping to hire three directors for the new company.

"They will run NZ Domain Name Registry which will report to the NZ oversight committee."

The new company will not have a chief executive, but will instead have an operational manager and a handful of staff to run the register itself.

"It's the traditional 'two geeks and a pager' operation, but whether that requires three people or five or outsourcing the whole thing is yet to be determined."

InternetNZ is also in the throes of hiring a domain name commissioner. He or she won't run the new company, however the company will report to the commissioner.

"The commissioner is responsible for policy and oversight. It's about separating operation from policy." The new oversight committee will be part of InternetNZ and will become the "most powerful standing committee of the society" says Heath.

Heath hopes the directors will have a mix of skills but in particular he is looking for people with directorship experiences as well as technical understanding.

"It will require one or two days' work each month and there is an honorarium to go with that. They will be a director of a body corporate and that has some legal weight as well."

Although the announcement is only a couple of days old, Heath says they have already made contact with a number of interested parties. Anyone interested in the position should contact Heath.

The interviewing committee will report back to InternetNZ on March 29.

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