Internationalised Domain Names (IDN)

As well as this page, we have a page on how SRS handles IDNs.

The registration of IDNs (internationalised domain names) with macronised vowels which feature in the Māori language, an official language under New Zealand law, is permitted in the .nz name space.

Third level domain names (3LD) are allowed to consist of 26 basic English (Latin) alphabet characters a-z, digits, the '-' hyphen, and characters ā, ē, ī, ō and ū.

In addition to the extra characters for 3LDs the second level mā (with the ā macron) is provided as a mirror of the 2LD using the DNS feature called DNAME.  This ensures that all existing and future names registered under are duplicated in the DNS under mā