New Zealand First has rescued its Internet domain name from oblivion. The name, was re-registered with the ISOCNZ registry last Friday, removing it from the registry's cancellation list before yesterday's deadline.
But nzfirst.org.nz could actually have been cancelled at the registry's discretion any time this year. This was because it had not been listed on the regulation two nameservers (making it a "lame delegation") since the party's Web former design company declined to renew a hosting account with Voyager.
The party's Parliamentary researcher Mark Quirke is now listed as the official contact but is not thought to have initiated the re-registration. Management of the domain is back with Voyager.
"The intention of New Zealand First was never to give it up, but with the formation of a coalition and the Budget and all sorts of other things, it slipped through the cracks," says party spokesman Simon King, adding that there will be a new party Website launched soon.
"I understand they'll be full speed ahead from now on. They do realise the value of the Internet and they'll be knocking that together in pretty short order."