Antarctica, Tokelau domains pass to Takapuna

Responsibility for Internet domains relating to Antarctica (.aq) and the Tokelau Island (.tk) has been passed by IANA to 2Day Internet managing director Peter Mott.

Responsibility for Internet domains relating to Antarctica (.aq) and the Tokelau Islands (.tk) has been passed to 2Day Internet managing director Peter Mott.

The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) asked Mott to administer the domains on the recommendation of Waikato University's longtime steward of the DNS, Rex Croft.

With responsibility for maintaining the DNS on behalf of Isocnz about to pass from the university to Glazier Systems, Croft departed three weeks ago. He asked IANA to transfer the two delegations to Mott.

Mott is keen to emphasise that he personally, and not 2Day, is responsible for the domains.

"It means that our nameservers here take care of all the lookups. The root servers delegate .aq and .tk to us in the same way they delegate .nz to Waikato. It also means that anyone who wants a name under those domains has to ask me, and I can say yes or no, based on the existing IANA policy.

"Both of those domains do have restrictive policy on them. You have to be a resident - and in the case of Antarctica you need to have an active relationship with some programme on the ice. So there's less than a handful of names."

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