The local domain name of the year is up for grabs.
The domain millennium.co.nz has been relinquished by its former holder, Millennium New Zealand, and will become available from national Internet registry Domainz on a "first-come-first-served" basis when a mandatory 60-day waiting period expires on May 3. The millennium.net.nz has also been relinquished by the same party.
Peter Mott of Auckland domain name specialist 2Day Internet says he has already fielded a number of queries about the names, which he expects will go to "someone who understands how to maximise their chances - which is basically a matter of staying up late one night in May."
Domainz' rules say that "when the holding period has elapsed, names only become available once specific procedures have been run to re-cycle the name. Domainz provides no set time nor guarantees as to when exactly those procedures are run."
But why would anyone, having secured such plum names, simply let them go when there are likely to be so many people ready to pay money for them?
Dance party promoter Simon Laan, who this week warned off other businesses from using the Millennium trademark he registered last year for use with his New Year's Eve parties, says he has no involvement with the cancellation of the domain name.
Laan's trademark covers the use of "millennium" in relation to entertainment, event production, sound production, sound/visuals, visual programmes and live performances. He is already suing the downtown Auckland nightclub Club Millennium for infringement, but says he has no knowledge of Millennium New Zealand Limited.
The director of Millennium New Zealand is listed as Dale Victor Glenn. The address for service is listed care of Auckland solicitor Peter Hoskin, but Hoskin says he has never actually acted for the man "and apart from one brief conversation in October last year, I haven't spoken to him and don't know where he is."
In the circumstances, it appears that Glenn, or whoever was responsible for the domain, may simply have failed to pay for the renewal of the domain. But if he has a change of heart before May 3, he can reclaim the name under Domainz' rules.
Impatient millennium entrepreneurs were, at press time, free to grab millennium.gen.nz, which was cancelled by an unknown party in February.