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15 Jun 2015    Board Meeting Agenda - 15 June 2015

The next meeting of the NZRS board will take place on Monday 15 June 2015 at 9.00am, Kiwi/Kakapo Room, Level 9, 16 Willis Street, Wellington 

 

                                                                                                                                                            

1       Directors Only Time                                                                    

                                                                                               

2      Directors & CE Only Time

 

3      Apologies            

                                                                                           

4      Declarations of Interest/Conflicts of Interest

 

5      Minutes

5.1      Confirmation of minutes of 24 April 2015 (includes updated action items)

5.2     Matters arising (not covered elsewhere)

 

6      Monthly/Quarterly Reports

6.1     Operational Report

6.2    Project Status Report 

6.3    Marketing Report

6.4    Financial Reports

 

7      Matters for Discussion

7.1      Chief Executive Report  

7.2     Business Plan Reporting

 

8      Matters for Decision

8.1     Ratification of Board Decisions Made by Email

8.2    BDO 2014/15 Year end Audit Management Report

8.3    Audit Representation Letters

8.4    2014/15 Annual Accounts

8.5    Approve 2014/15 Annual Report

8.6    Dividend payment to the Shareholder

8.7    Policy Review

 

9      Board Matters

9.1     InternetNZ & NZRS AGM’s – Thursday, 30 July 2015

9.2    Timetables

9.3    Report back from the Audit and Risk Assessment Committee

9.4    Invites

 

10    Other Business

 

11     Next Board Meeting – Tuesday, 25 August 2015, 11am

 

As much of our board discussions are around confidential business issues we do not make the meetings open to the public, however we are always interested in any comments or issues that our customers wish to raise and may extend an invitation to our board meeting if appropriate.  If you would like to discuss any agenda items then please contact Jay Daley our Chief Executive at jay@nzrs.net.nz or 04 931 6977.

08 Jun 2015    How mobile friendly is .nz?

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If your website is not mobile-friendly, Google search results on a mobile device may not be your friend.

Recently, Google began a change that affects how websites are delivered when searched from a mobile device.  The impact of this change is that websites that are not considered ‘mobile-friendly’ will be given a lower priority than sites that are. This is important stuff, as evidenced in the somewhat alarmist 'Mobilegeddon' language associated with the change. So, in practical terms, what is the current state of the New Zealand website landscape in relation to mobile friendliness?

As the registry for all .nz domain names, NZRS Ltd holds a unique position* in being able to evaluate the impact of Google search changes in the New Zealand context. We should also be clear that the NZRS website is not as mobile friendly as we would like and we have changes planned for later in the year to resolve this.

Top of mind for us was how many websites using .nz domain names would be impacted by this change, and to what extent this change could affect mobile search results for New Zealand content?  

 

Why should we care? There are a number of factors that affect where and how a website places in Serach Engine Results Pages (SERPs). Mobile friendliness is just a new and very important factor that has been added to the mix for searches conducted from mobile devices. If an organisation wishes to be found via mobile search, and most likely would given the rise of mobile device use, then this is important to factor into website design.


To find out, at the beginning of May 2015, we ran a test on a sample of 64,000 .nz domains (10% of our active ~ 640,000 names).


There are two main flags in the results, worked meaning the test actually completed, and passed signalling the test scored high enough to pass the threshold.

Before diving into the results, let's have a quick look at the mobile-friendly test to understand more about what mobile-friendly means from a Google context.

To help organisations establish if this change would affect them, Google provided the Mobile-Friendly Test.   The test visits the site, fetches all the resources from the first page, and analyses it using a set of usability criteria established by Google:

  • ConfigureViewport: Has a Mobile Viewport been set?
  • UseLegibleFontSizes: Is the Text too small to read?
  • AvoidPlugins: Does use incompatible plugins
  • SizeContentToViewport: Is the Content wider than screen?
  • SizeTapTargetsAppropriately: Links too close together?

Based on answers to the questions above, the website is scored for its ‘mobile-friendliness’.  Scores over 80% are deemed to have passed which places quite a high threshold for websites to subsequently be ranked higher on mobile search.

 

Initial results

The initial results make sobering reading.

Initial observation:

Of the domain names which responded with the test (48,159) a total of 60% failed.

  • 15,841 (24.75%) domains did not respond to the test indicating these names did not resolve to a website. There are names that may not resolve at all, be used for email only or suffering a temporal outage at the time of testing.
  • 29,083 (45.44%) domains failed the test (this is any website including parking pages for domains).
  • 19,076 (29.80%) domains passed the test (this is any website including parking pages for domains).

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Distribution of scores

As we were able to record the score calculated by Google, we can show the distribution of scores across the test results.  Whilst 40% of domains passed the test, only 10% passed with a full score of 100.   

 

There is a lot of work to be done to improve the mobile-friendliness of the .nz space.

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Age of Domain Names

Does the age of a domain affect the results?  In short - no.  What is surprising is that over half of websites using a domain name that are less than 1 year old are not mobile friendly.  This begs the question are new websites still being launched that are not mobile friendly?  It certainly looks that way.

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What can be done?

So what can website managers/developers do?

* NZRS Ltd conduct regular zone and host scanning -  more information can be found here:  https://nzrs.net.nz/dns/zone-and-host-scanning  

01 May 2015    NZRS Director Recruitment

One Director of NZRS completes their term in July 2015 and InternetNZ is seeking applications from suitably qualified individuals who wish to be considered for appointment to the NZRS Board.

For more information please check the PDF document you can download here.

30 Sep 2014    .nz Second Level Registration Technical Documentation

 

The following documentation relates to the changes made to the SRS to support registration at the second-level.

For the SRS protocol the following document contains a description of the changes and some transaction examples:

 

For the EPP protocol the following document contains a description of the changes and some transaction examples:

 

07 Aug 2014    UDAI Expiry

DNCL has approved a small number of amendments related to UDAIs to the Registering, Managing and Cancelling (RMC) Policy and Transfer to Another Registrar (TAR) Policy.

The main impact to registrars will see:
- UDAIs expire after 30 days
- Automatic generation of UDAIs by the SRS on initial registration of a domain name only.

The amended RMC and TAR policies will come into effect on 5 September 2014. Any UDAI generated before Friday 5th September 2014 will be expired 30 days from Friday 5th September 2014. So on Sunday 5th October, any UDAIs that are older than 30 days will expire.

Any UDAI generated after Friday 5th September 2014 will be expired 30 days from the date of generation.

For more information please see the following document: https://nzrs.net.nz/sites/default/files/SRS_UDAI_Changes.pdf

24 Jun 2014    .nz Second Level Registration Project Technical Update

NZRS have produced documentation clarifying the technical changes present in the upcoming SRS 6.0 release, which contains the first phase of the second level registration project roll-out.

This documentation is available from the NZRS website at: https://nzrs.net.nz/sites/default/files/SRS-Release-6.pdf

25 Jun 2013    New website encourages SMEs to get online

Media release – 26 June 2013

With over half of New Zealand adults now shopping on the Internet, a new website is aiming to help  small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) grow by getting online.  

InternetNZ subsidiary .nz Registry Services (NZRS) has today launched www.getyourselfonline.co.nz to inform SMEs about the benefits of  being online,  offering clear practical advice how to do it. 

On the website, users can search for available .nz domain names and choose from one of the many  companies that provide .nz domain registration and other online services. 

NZRS Marketing and Channels Manager David Morrison says the www.getyourselfonline.co.nz website arms New Zealand businesses with the information they need to get started and connect with businesses who can help.

As well as providing practical tips for getting online, the website features a series of video interviews with typical New Zealand businesses, including Wellington-based Blue Carrot Catering who credit being online as key to a recent sales surge.

”I’d recommend any small business out there to certainly get a .nz website if they haven’t already got it,” says Blue Carrot co-owner Gordon Blair.

NZRS’ Morrison says for businesses with a New Zealand focus a .nz domain is an important part of connecting with customers. However, recent NZRS-commissioned research shows that SMEs need support to get online.

Findings show that two thirds of New Zealand businesses do not have a domain name for use with email or a website, and 57 percent of businesses don’t know how to register a domain name.

“There is a significant disconnect between how the public use the Internet as a vital source of information for products and services and how businesses engage online,”  says Morrison. 

“Luckily, an online presence  for a SME does not have to be complex. People searching online are after key information. What services or products do you offer? When are you open if you have a physical location? and how do I contact you?

“This new website is a useful source of information, tips and guides, helping small businesses understand in plain English how easy it is to get online,” he says.

For more information contact:

David Morrison

Marketing and Channels Manager

NZRS
david@nzrs.net.nz
027 4366182


About NZRS:   

NZRS is the InternetNZ (Internet New Zealand Inc) subsidiary that wholesales  .nz domain names to a retail channel of registrars. These registrars  offer .nz domain names to the public. As a wholesale provider NZRS does not sell domain names directly to the public. The .nz domain market is regulated by the Domain Name Commission Limited (DNCL).

www.nzrs.net.nz

18 Dec 2012    .nz Infographic

To celebrate 10 years of the Shared Registry System (SRS) we have developed an Infographic of key dates and data from this period.

A printed copy of the infographic is also available to registrars in either A2 or A1 sizes at no cost.  If you would like a printed copy please email david@nzrs.net.nz advising of the preferred size and address to ship it to.

 

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.nz Infographic

28 Sep 2012    Change of SRS and EPP SSL server certificates

The change to the production SRS and EPP SSL host certificates has been postponed and will now occur during the 5.27 release cycle on Sunday 28th October 2012 due to a bug discovered in the version of OpenSSL shipped with the NZRS RIK CPAN libs where the CApath is not processed correctly.

This bug prevented RIK version 5.24 from correctly validating certificates signed with the new NZRS CA as intended.

RIK version 5.26 has now been published on the NZRS website (https://nzrs.net.nz/srs/rik) which resolves this issue, and we have provided additional steps below to assist registrars in preparing for the certificate changeover on Sunday 28th October 2012


How to update the NZRS CA certificates:

Registrars using the RIK release 5.26 or above:

  • No action required.


Registrars using a RIK release prior to 5.26:

OR alternatively


Registrars using their own SRS or EPP-based systems or the SRS UI:


Deployment to test environment:

NZRS will re-schedule deployment of the test environment SRS and EPP SSL host certificates for Friday 12th October.


Registrar Impact:

NZRS highly recommends that registrars perform the actions listed above as soon as possible.

If you do not perform the appropriate actions as listed above by Friday 12th October in the test environment or Sunday 28th October 2012 in the production environment you may lose your ability to communicate with the .NZ registry systems.

11 Sep 2012    .kiwi.nz launch pushes domain names past half-million mark

11 Sep 2012

InternetNZ (Internet New Zealand Inc) subsidiary the Domain Name Commission has today launched a new second level domain – .kiwi.nz – a move that has pushed the total number of .nz registrations past 500,000.

Domain Name Commissioner Debbie Monahan expresses delight at the half-million .nz registrations and .kiwi.nz launch, describing today as a landmark day for the New Zealand Internet.

The 500,000 milestone comes nearly ten years after InternetNZ introduced a competitive market for .nz domain name registrations. There are now over 80 organisations providing .nz registration services, and Monahan credits their role and commitment in spurring the tremendous growth in .nz names.

“Ultimately, this is the result of the willingness of many thousands of people who have chosen .nz names to represent themselves online, and the hard work that .nz registrars have done in promoting the .nz domain name space.”

Over the past ten years the .nz domain name space has experienced average yearly growth of 38,280, with the upward trajectory showing no signs of slowing. Monahan says this is partly because people identify strongly with the .nz domain. She points to a recent report from Europe which found that most businesses continue to put their faith in the local country’s domain, favouring these over generic names such as .com.

“New Zealanders have a choice when it comes to registering domain names, and we acknowledge and thank the half-million holders of .nz names for their support,” she says.

Monahan expects today’s introduction of the .kiwi.nz second-level will give further impetus to the .nz domain name space. What better way to demonstrate that New Zealand is your home than to register a new .kiwi.nz domain name,” she says.

Registrations for .kiwi.nz opened at 10am and in the first fifteen minutes over 1000 names were registered. Monahan thanks InternetNZ subsidiary NZRS for its firm stewardship of the .nz registry during today’s launch, saying it coped admirably with the influx of .kiwi.nz registrations.

More information about registering a .nz domain name is available online at http://dnc.org.nz/story/faq-registrants?m=324.

For more information contact:

Debbie Monahan
Domain Name Commissioner
021 891 620
dnc@dnc.org.nz

03 Sep 2012    New second level domain - .kiwi.nz

At their meeting on Friday 17 August, the InternetNZ Council approved the creation of a new second level .nz domain - .kiwi.nz.

This is only the first step however, as to finally "go live" as a new second level, a threshold of 500 registrations has to be achieved within a month of when registrations start being taken. Under the current policy, provisional registrations must start being taken within a month of the Council's decision. The details around the provisional registration period are detailed in the Second Level Domains Policy (http://dnc.org.nz/content/secondleveldomains.html). The relevant sections are copied below.

.kiwi.nz marks the first time we have worked through this version of the 2LD policy in creating a new, open second level.

Provisional registrations will commence at 10am on Tuesday 11 September 2012. There will be an outage prior to this to prepare the SRS for .kiwi.nz.

NZRS have developed processes at the registry end to manage .kiwi.nz provisional registrations meaning registrars submit registrations in their usual way. There are some things that registrars need to be aware of however.

During the provisional registration phase, domain names:

  • Can only be registered for a maximum term of three months;
  • Will be recorded on the register with all applicable details, as for any other domain name;
  • Will be locked after registration to prevent any changes being made to the record;
  • Will not be delegated to the DNS.


Given this approach varies from usual domain name registrations, registrars will need to have specific terms and conditions to cover the .kiwi.nz provisional registrations. A draft set of terms and conditions that registrars might want to use to cover these specific registrations has been emailed out. If you use these, please ensure you complete the appropriate areas to reflect how you plan to operate.

You do not need to use these but if you choose not to please ensure that you cover off the term that will apply for your registrations, how much you will charge, whether you will or won't refund if the threshold is not met, and that the registrant understands the conditions under which they are seeking a .kiwi.nz domain name at this time.

You will need to advise DNCL of the terms and conditions that you propose to use. Please email these to registrar@dnc.org.nz or provide a link if they are located on your website.

Registrars will be notified by NZRS when the registration threshold has been met and .kiwi.nz declared active. At that time, domain names registered will be unlocked and delegated to the DNS. Registrars will then be able to offer registrations in .kiwi.nz in the same way as their usual domain name registrations. If the threshold of 500 registrations is not met within a month of the commencement of the provisional registration period, the domain will not be created and all names provisionally registered will be cancelled. No refund of registration fees paid will be made to registrars in this situation.

If you have any questions about any aspect of this please email us. We hope that registrars will contact their existing customers to advise them of this new .nz domain name opportunity.

25 Jun 2012    Updated DNSSEC Deployment schedule

Deployment schedule for the second level zones under .nz

Date (2012) Event Zones affected Description
28-May Publish signed zone with obscured keys geek.nz The .nz nameservers will start serving a signed version of the geek.nz zone, but with the DNSKEY records obfuscated to prevent their use as trust anchors.
11-Jun DNSKEY records are unobscured geek.nz The obfuscation of DNSKEY records in the geek.nz zone will be reverted, making their real content visible in the zone. 
11-Jun DS records included in .nz zone geek.nz Two hours after removing the DNSKEY obfuscation, the DS records for geek.nz will be included in the .nz zone. From that moment, any DS records in the registry for zones under geek.nz will be included as well, enabling validation.
18-Jun Publish signed zones with obscured keys ac.nz gen.nz maori.nz school.nz The .nz nameservers will start serving a signed version of the ac.nz, gen.nz, maori.nz, and school.nz zones, but with the DNSKEY records obfuscated to prevent their use as trust anchors.
25-Jun DNSKEY records are unobscured ac.nz gen.nz maori.nz school.nz The obfuscation of DNSKEY records in the ac.nz, gen.nz, maori.nz, and school.nz zones will be reverted, making their real content visible in the zone.
25-Jun DS records included in .nz zone ac.nz gen.nz maori.nz school.nz Two hours after removing the DNSKEY obfuscation, the DS records for ac.nz, gen.nz, maori.nz, and school.nz will be included in the .nz zone. From that moment, any DS records in the registry for domains under these SLD will be included in their respective zones, enabling validation.
9-Jul Publish signed zones with obscured keys net.nz org.nz The .nz nameservers will start serving a signed version of the net.nz, and org.nz zones, but with the DNSKEY records obfuscated to prevent their use as trust anchors.
16-Jul DNSKEY records are unobscured net.nz org.nz The obfuscation of DNSKEY records in the net.nz, and org.nz zones will be reverted, making their real content visible in the zone.
16-Jul DS records included in .nz zone net.nz org.nz Two hours after removing the DNSKEY obfuscation, the DS records for net.nz, and org.nz will be included in the .nz zone. From that moment, any DS records in the registry for domains under these SLD will be included in their respective zones, enabling validation.
30-Jul Publish signed zone with obscured keys co.nz The .nz nameservers will start serving a signed version of the co.nz zone, but with the DNSKEY records obfuscated to prevent their use as trust anchors.
06-Aug DNSKEY records are unobscured co.nz The obfuscation of DNSKEY records in the co.nz zone will be reverted, making their real content visible in the zone.
06-Aug DS records included in .nz zone co.nz Two hours after removing the DNSKEY obfuscation, the DS records for co.nz will be included in the .nz zone. From that moment, any DS records in the registry for domains under co.nz will be included, enabling validation.

If you have any questions, please contact Dave or Sebastian on support@nzrs.net.nz

25 May 2012    From the .NZ May 2012 Newsletter

DNSSEC
The deployment of DNSSEC across the .nz second level domains is scheduled to begin in June, starting with .geek.nz.
In preparation for this NZRS has been activating DNSSEC for .nz’s reverse zones during May.
A DNSSEC Friendly Criteria has been developed to identify Registrars that meet a higher level of service relative to offering DNSSEC services in the .nz space. Information about this can be found here: http://dnc.org.nz/dnssec
A DNS Security FAQ has been prepared for Registrants (http://dnc.org.nz/story/dns-security-faq) and a DNSSEC FAQ has been prepared for Registrars (http://dnc.org.nz/story/dnssec-registrars-faq).
Technical information related to the implementation including the second level domain deployment schedule is available here: http://nzrs.net.nz/dns/dnssec


See more in the May DNC Newsletter

23 May 2012    Customer Satisfaction Survey 2012 Results

Every two years NZRS conducts a survey of registrars to measure satisfaction with our services and to help us plan future developments.  Participation is generally good and this year has seen another increase in participation and we wish to thank all those that generously gave of their time to participate.

The results are again very good with satisfaction rating remaining over 90%.  We also have considerable information on our services and planned developments that will help us improve further.  We should also like to thank those of you that took the time to provide comments, which were extensive, as they give us significant insight into your requirements.

Once again we are publishing our results, in an aggregated and anonymised form.  None of the comments are included to ensure that no respondents can be identified.

if you wish to comment on this survey or the issues raised by it then please feel free to contact Jay Daley, our Chief Executive, on jay@nzrs.net.nz or +64 4 931 6977.

Download the Customer Survey Results (pdf, 500 kb)

27 Apr 2012    From the .NZ April 2012 Newsletter

SRS
We have updated our CPAN libraries (community Perl modules) that are required to use the command line client programs (sendJSON, sendXML SRSClient2). We recommend that any registrar that is using our CPAN libraries to download the latest version and the latest RIK from our website: http://nzrs.net.nz/srs/rik
The most recent version of the SRS and RIK is 5.21, released 29/04/2012, with several minor bug fixes. Detailed information available at: http://nzrs.net.nz/notices/updates
Registrars can choose to use any of the SRS clients, the EPP Interface, or both. If there are any Registrars that would like to try using the EPP interface on the test or production system, then please contact Dave or Pearl on: support@nzrs.net.nz

DNS
The upgrade of all five .nz nameservers located across New Zealand was successfully completed during March and the first week of April. We are now focusing our efforts on continuing the DNSSEC deployment for the second level domains.

April DNC Newsletter

21 Nov 2011    DNSSEC - .nz signed zone published with obscured keys
18 Nov 2011    DNSSEC - First Key Generation
28 Oct 2011    From the .NZ October 2011 Newsletter - DNSSEC Dates

DNSSEC

The Production Readiness testing of DNSSEC has been completed and we are ready to begin deployment. Lateral Security has provided us with the Key Generation Procedure auditing report, detecting only minor issues. Changes have been made to resolve these issues. The report will soon be published on our website.

Detailed below are the dates for deployment of DNSSEC for the .nz zone.

Date Task Description
22-May-11 SRS began accepting DS records Both SRS and EPP interfaces are capable of receiving DS records for the third level domains. Those records won't be published until the corresponding second level domain is signed

18-Nov-11

 

Key Generation The keys needed to sign the .nz zone and the second level zones will be generated according to procedure. This will be a once-a-year task.
21-Nov-11 signed .nz zone is published with obscured keys The .nz nameservers will start serving a signed version of the .nz zone, but with the DNSKEY records obfuscated to prevent their use as trust anchors.
Nov-11 Deployment results are analyzed and decision to submit DS record to the root is taken Over the next two weeks, we will be analyzing the behaviour of the system while serving a signed zone. This will enable us to determine if it's safe to proceed with the DNSSEC deployment schedule.
9-Dec-11 DNSKEY records for .nz are unobscured The obfuscation of DNSKEY records in the .nz zone will be reverted, making their real content visible in the zone. It's not advisable to use them as trust anchors.
9-Dec-11 DS records for .nz are submitted to the root NZRS requests a change to the Root Zone Management to add the DS records for the .nz zone.
16-Dec-11 .nz DS records are published in the root zone If all the checks pass, the Root Zone Management should make the changes requested visible around this date

The most recent version of the DNSSEC Practice Statement for .nz, is Version 1.2. No further issues have been raised by the community.

If you have any questions, please contact Dave or Sebastian on support@nzrs.net.nz

06 Oct 2011    Board meeting agenda 6 October 2011

The next meeting of the NZRS board will take place on Thursday 6 October 2011 at 11.00am, Level 9, Grand Arcade Tower, 16 Willis St, Wellington.   

The Agenda is given below:

1       Directors Only Time                                                                                                                                   

2       Directors & CE Only Time

3       Apologies                                                                                    

4       Declarations of Interest/Conflicts of Interest

5       Minutes

5.1     Confirmation of minutes of meeting 26 August 2011 (includes updated action items)

5.2     Matters arising (not covered elsewhere)

6       Matters for Decision

6.1    Ratification of Board Decisions Made by Email

6.2    Updated Strategy papers

6.3    Recommended Domain Name Growth Forecasts  

6.4    Policy Review

6.5  Project Stage Approval

7       Matters for Discussion

7.1     Chief Executive Report

7.2     Research Role

7.3     Timetable discussion for next year

7.4     Director requirements for BCP

8       Monthly Reports

8.1    Operational Report

8.2    Project Status Report

8.3    Financial Reports

9       Invitations

9.1     INZ – update & Issues (INZ CEO Vikram Kumar in attendance @ 12.15pm)

          9.2   DNCL – update & issues (Debbie Monahan & Joy Liddicoat in attendance @ 1.00pm)       

10    Board Matters

10.1    Timetables

10.2     Report back from the Audit and Risk Assessment Committee

10.3     Confirmation of Security Procedures for Anti-virus Software

11    Other Business

12    Next Board Meeting – Friday, 25 November 2011, 11.00am

13    Information Papers

 As much of our board discussions are around confidential business issues we do not make the meetings open to the public, however we are always interested in any comments or issues that our customers wish to raise and may extend an invitation to our board meeting if appropriate.  If you would like to discuss any agenda items then please contact Jay Daley our Chief Executive at jay@nzrs.net.nz or 04 931 6977.

23 Sep 2011    SRS CA Certificate Expiry

The SRS CA certificate in the current RIK is due to expire on 30/09/2011. It has been extended by 2 years and is available in the new SRS RIK 5.15.
If you are using the current SRS CA certificate to validate the SRS SSL certificate, then you must upgrade to the new SRS CA certificate provided in the SRS RIK 5.15.
If you are using the RIK Clients to communicate with the SRS, then you must upgrade to the new RIK or replace the SRS CA certificate with the SRS CA certificate provided in the SRS RIK 5.15.

23 Sep 2011    DNSSEC - Key Generation Procedure review
11 Aug 2011    DNSSEC Practice Statement for .nz, Version 1.2

Version 1.2 of the DNSSEC Practice Statement is available at http://www.nzrs.net.nz/dns/dnssec/dps

The changes between Version 1.1 and Version 1.2 are posted at http://www.nzrs.net.nz/dns/dnssec/dps/history and also includes the
previous versions in PDF format.

The main changes in this new version are as follows:

1. Multi-Person mode for the Keystore activities 
Due to limitations in the HSM device that we are using, we have had to reduce the minimum number of Keystore Security officers required for key related activities from three to two.
The maximum number of Keystore Security officers has also been reduced from nine to five. So for the backup and restoration of key material we will require three people (two Keystore Security officers and one System Administrator). 

2. Site Controls
Posters to this list highlighted some issues regarding rack security and access controls. We agree that this area needs to be improved and we will review and make changes to this area over the next few months.

3. Trusted Roles and Trusted Individuals
We have reworked this section and clarified the roles of the Keystore Security Officers, System Administrators, Device Security Officers and Witness and specified the numbers required. We have also introduced a new role: Key Generation Administrator.

4. Background Checks
We have made it clear that the checks apply to anyone with a trusted role and NZRS would then decide on a case by case basis if the individual considered for a trusted role is suitable or not.

We hope that with this new version we have answered your concerns and questions that you have with our DPS document.

If anybody has any outstanding issues or concerns with the DPS please let us know as soon as possible as we are getting close to the stage where we are ready to begin our DNSSEC implementation.

If there are any issues, we suggest that the best way to address them would be to hold a meeting at NZRS to discuss them and to have the meeting sometime over the next two weeks. If anybody would like to meet with us and discuss the DPS, then please let us know by Wednesday 17th August.

01 Jul 2011    DNSSEC Practice Statement for .nz, Version 1.1

After weeks of work discussing and addressing the concerns our
community have raised about the DNSSEC Practice Statement for .nz,
we'd like to present a new version of the document.

Version 1.1 is available at http://www.nzrs.net.nz/dns/dnssec/dps
The changes between Version 1.0 and Version 1.1 are posted at
http://www.nzrs.net.nz/dns/dnssec/dps/history and also includes the
previous version in PDF format.

Minor changes have been made throughout the document.

The following sections have been updated with more information as
requested by the community
1.4. Document Management
4.1. Site Controls
4.3.3. Trusted individuals
4.4.5. Vulnerability assessments
4.6.1. Incident Detection and compromise handling procedures
7.1. Frequency of entity compliance audit


For the following sections we have made changes to our design to address
the concerns raised by the community
6.1. Key lengths and algorithms
4.3.1. Trusted roles
4.3.2. Number of persons required per task

We are still working on the Key Pair Generation procedures and it is our
intention to update that part of the DPS in the coming weeks and to also
publish more technical details on the Key Pair Generation Procedure. The
technical details will be released as a separate document that will also
include details of the scripts used.

The intention of the DPS document is to assist you in determining the
level of trust that you may assign to DNSSEC in the .nz domain and for
you to assess your own risk.

We'd like to encourage discussion around this new version of the
document. Please feel free to ask any questions about the DPS or provide
any suggestions for improvements to the document.

20 May 2011    DNSSEC Status Update, May 2011

During recent weeks, NZRS has achieved several milestones towards the
implementation of DNSSEC in the .nz zone:

DNSSEC High Level Architecture
We have published the "DNSSEC High Level Architecture" document which
describes the technical architecture to be used to sign .nz and the
second level zones.
This document is available on our website


DNSSEC Practice Statement
We have published the "DNSSEC Practice Statement" document, detailing
the practices and operational procedures to be used in the implementation
of DNSSEC for the .nz and second level zones under .nz.
This document is available on our website


SRS Accepts DS Records
Following the SRS release 5.11 on Monday 23 May, the SRS will start to
accept DS records for any domain name, but they will not be included
as zone data until the corresponding parent zone is signed.
A timetable for the signing of the .nz zones is planned for release
by August of this year.

For more details about the SRS changes, you can check the Release Notes.

04 Apr 2011    From the .NZ March 2011 Newsletter

DNSSEC 

We are actively working on the DNSSEC deployment for .nz. We have chosen a signing architecture based on OpenDNSSEC and the Sun Crypto Accelerator 6000 for the Hardware Security Module. 

Changes to the SRS system to support DS records have been completed.  This functionality is currently turned off in the production SRS and it will be activated when the DNSSEC deployment begins. The SRS RPS test system is available for registrars that wish to test their interface with DS records.

During March we executed the first pass of DR testing, and now we are preparing for the performance and stress testing, a second pass of End to End testing and system adjustment due to the results of DR testing. 

If you have any questions, please contact Dave or Sebastian on support@nzrs.net.nz

EPP 

We have deployed a functioning version of the SRS EPP interface to the SRS production system. If there are any registrars that would  like to use the EPP interface on the test or production system then please contact Dave or Manu on support@nzrs.net.nz

RIK Redevelopment Project 

The project to update the Registrar Information Kit (RIK) is nearing completion. 

In January we completed the first phase of the project with a new release of the RIK in a new package format. This new format provides simplified installation and upgrade processes and support for a greater variety of operating systems, but made no other change to the client software contained in the package. 

We are now in the second phase of the project, which is to update the client software we distribute with the RIK. 

With version 5.09 of the RIK we are making the following changes: 

  1. Introducing the beta release of a new client called sendJSON. This tool accepts a JSON document and outputs the response from the SRS as JSON working in a similar way to sendXML, which uses XML documents 
  2. Deprecating the core NativeData library that we distribute in the RIK for working with SRS XML. This library and some utility libraries will be removed in the October 2011 release of the RIK. As far as we are aware, no registrar has used these libraries to create their own SRS XML client and so removing them will have no impact. The full list of libraries to be removed in October is detailed at the end of this notice. 
  3. Deprecating the SRSClient client. This will be removed in the October 2011 release of the RIK.  
  4. Introducing the beta release of a new client called SRSClient2. This replicates the functionality of SRSClient with some minor differences. NOTE: This client will continue to be provided and supported after the October 2011 release of the RIK but will only provid the same limited set of transactions as the current SRSClient 
  5. No changes have been made to the sendXML client.  

For detailed information please check the document "RIK changes" available on our website: http://nzrs.net.nz/sites/default/files/RIK_changes_23032011.pdf

 

04 Mar 2011    Support Analyst Vacancy

Help contribute to the security and stability of the New Zealand Internet
.nz Registry Services (NZRS) - the operator of the .nz domain name space - is looking for a full-time Support Analyst to work in its central Wellington office.
The role of the Support Analyst is to support the Chief Technology Officer in the day-to-day support of all operational IT systems.
You will be responsible for testing and maintenance of NZRS’s Shared Registry System, technical and billing support for .nz registrars and maintenance of customer support resources. 
If you have database experience (preferably PostgreSQL), understand XML, XSL & HTML and are comfortable with interpreting numerical and statistical data then we would love to hear from you. An understanding of Linux and shell programming is also desirable. 
For more information please refer to the position description.

Apply by emailing your CV and a covering letter to recruitment@nzrs.net.nz

31 Jan 2011    From the .NZ January 2011 Newsletter

DNSSEC

We are actively working on the DNSSEC deployment for .nz. We have chosen a signing architecture based on OpenDNSSEC and the Sun Crypto Accelerator 6000 for the Hardware Security Module.  

Changes to the SRS system to support DS records have been completed. This functionality is currently turned off in the production SRS and it will be activated when the DNSSEC deployment begins. The SRS RPS test system is available for registrars that wish to test their interface with DS records.

Testing of the signing architecture is currently underway and we expect to complete this by March.

If you have any questions, please contact Dave or Sebastian on support@nzrs.net.nz

EPP

We have deployed a functioning version of the SRS EPP interface to the SRS test and production systems. If there are any registrars that would like to use the EPP interface on the test or production systems then please contact Dave or Manu on support@nzrs.net.nz

RIK Redevelopment Project

This project is currently in progress. The first phase of the project to simplify the installation and upgrading process of the RIK (Registrar Information Kit) has been completed. The second phase to update the SRSClient and the SRS libraries is underway and expected to be completed over the next few months.

During the Maintenance Window on Sunday (30 January 2011) we released the RIK version 5.7. This release introduces a new approach for handling the installation of the dependent CPAN libraries (community Perl modules) required to use the 'sendXML' and 'SRSClient' programs.

Rather than requiring a manual installation of these libraries, a pre-built 'CPAN libs' tarball is now distributed for a set of popular platforms. The tarball for your chosen platform will be required, along with the tarball for the RIK itself.

The installation process should, in most cases, be significantly simpler. Please see the updated INSTALL doc in the RIK for the full installation process. The RIK and 'CPAN' tarballs can be downloaded from the NZRS website http://nzrs.net.nz/srs/rik

This change is designed to be backwards compatible, so if you have already installed the CPAN libraries, you won't have to change anything to upgrade the RIK. However, the old approach of installing libraries manually is now deprecated. We recommend moving to the new approach as soon as possible, as this will result in an easier upgrade path in the future.

The list of currently supported platforms is:

  • Debian Lenny (i386/x64)
  • Ubuntu Lucid (i386/x64)
  • Fedora 14 (i386/x64)
  • OpenSuSE 11.3 (i386/x64)
  • FreeBSD 8.1 (i386)
  • Solaris 10u8 (i386)

Note, the CPAN lib tarballs are tested on the above distribution versions only.

Other platforms may be supported in the future. Please contact us with any specific requirements you may have.

22 Dec 2010    From the .NZ December Newsletter

We would like to wish all our registrars and users of our services a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

The NZRS office will be shut during the public holidays. For non-urgent queries or issues please send an email to support@nzrs.net.nz. For urgent issues outside of normal office hours, we can be contacted using our after-hours phone service (http://nzrs.net.nz/contact).

DNSSEC

We are actively working on the DNSSEC deployment for .nz. We have chosen a signing architecture based on OpenDNSSEC and the Sun Crypto Accelerator 6000 for the Hardware Security Module.  

Changes to the SRS system to support DS records have been completed. This functionality is currently turned off in the production SRS and it will be activated when the DNSSEC deployment begins. The SRS RPS test system is available for registrars that wish to test their interface with DS records. End to end testing of the signing architecture is scheduled to take place during January 2011.

If you have any questions, please contact Dave or Sebastian on support@nzrs.net.nz

EPP

We have deployed a functioning version of the SRS EPP interface to the SRS test and production systems. If there are any registrars that would like to use the EPP interface on the test or production systems then please contact Dave or Manu on support@nzrs.net.nz

RIK Redevelopment Project

This project is currently in progress. The aim of the project is to update the RIK, making it easier for registrars to install, upgrade and use. We hope to have a new RIK available for registrars by the end of February 2011. We would like to hear from any registrars that are currently using the RIK and in particular would like to know which libraries and modules you are using.

01 Dec 2010    From the .NZ November Newsletter

DNSSEC

We are actively working on the DNSSEC deployment for .nz. We have chosen a signing architecture based on OpenDNSSEC and the Sun Crypto Accelerator 6000 for the Hardware Security Module.

Changes to the SRS system to support DS records have been completed. This functionality is currently turned off in the production SRS and it will be activated when the DNSSEC deployment begins. The SRS RPS test system is available for registrars that wish to test their interface with DS records. 

Testing of the signing architecture has been delayed due in part to a change in the OS for the signing box from Debian to CentOS. We expect to begin end to end testing in January/February and the DNSSEC deployment for the .nz and the second level zones to begin after the successful completion of the testing. If you have any questions, please contact Dave or Sebastian on support@nzrs.net.nz 

EPP 

We have deployed a functioning version of the SRS EPP interface to the SRS test and production systems. If there are any registrars that would like to use the EPP interface on the test or production systems then please contact Dave or Manu on support@nzrs.net.nz

RIK Redevelopment Project

We have started work on a project to update the RIK (Registrar Information Kit). This project aims to update the RIK, making it easier for registrars to install, upgrade and use.

The main streams of work will be:

  • Packaging – making the RIK easy to install and upgrade on the majority of *nix platforms.
  • SRSClient – allowing full coverage of SRS Registrar functionality, as well as making it easy to keep up to date with any new transactions.
  • SRS libraries – ensuring they are well documented and easily understandable by developers to use directly or as a reference implementation.

We would like to hear from any registrars that are currently using the RIK and in particular would like to know which libraries and modules you are using.

01 Nov 2010    From the .NZ October Newsletter

DNSSEC

We are actively working on the DNSSEC deployment for .nz. We have chosen a signing architecture based on OpenDNSSEC and the Sun Crypto Accelerator 6000 for the Hardware Security Module.

Currently we are making changes to the SRS system to support DS records and testing the signing architecture. We expect to have the .nz zone signed by the end of the year, the second level zones will follow in a reasonable timeframe. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate in contacting us at support@nzrs.net.nz

EPP

We have deployed a functioning version of the SRS EPP interface to test and production systems. If there are any registrars that would like to assist us with our testing or are interested in using the EPP interface in production then please contact Dave or Manu on support@nzrs.net.nz

RIK Redevelopment Project

Over the next few months we are planning to start work on a project to review and update the RIK (Registrar Information Kit). This project aims to update the RIK, making it easier for registrars to install, upgrade and use.

  • Packaging – making the RIK easy to install and upgrade on the majority of *nix platforms
  • SRSClient – allowing full coverage of SRS Registrar functionality, as well as making it easy to keep up to date with any new transactions
  • SRS libraries – ensuring they are well documented and easily understandable by developers to use directly or as a reference implementation
05 Oct 2010    Board Meeting on 8th October 2010

The next meeting of the NZRS board will take place on 8 October 2010 in Wellington. The agenda is given below

  1. Directors Only Time
  2. Directors & CE Only Time
  3. Apologies
  4. Declarations of Interest/Conflicts of Interest
  5. Minutes
    1. Confirmation of minutes of meeting 26 August 2010 (includes updated action items)
    2. Matters arising (not covered elsewhere)
  6. Matters for Decision
    1. Ratification of Board Decisions Made by Email
    2. Dividend Payment to the Shareholder
  7. Matters for Discussion
    1. Chief Executive’s Report
    2. Updated strategy papers
    3. Draft Recommended Domain Name Growth Assumptions
  8. Monthly Reports
    1. Financial Reports
  9. Key Stakeholders
    1. INZ – update & Issues (INZ CEO Vikram Kumar in attendance @ 12.15pm)
    2. DNCL – update & issues (Debbie Monahan in attendance @ 1.00pm)
  10. Board Matters
    1. Timetables
    2. Report back from the Audit and Risk Assessment Committee
    3. Confirmation of Security Procedures for Anti-virus Software
  11. Other Business

As much of our board discussions are around confidential business issues we do not make the meetings open to the public, however we are always interested in any comments or issues that our customers wish to raise and may extend an invitation to our board meeting if appropriate.  If you would like to discuss any agenda items then please contact Jay Daley our Chief Executive at jay@nzrs.net.nz or 04 931 6977. 

01 Oct 2010    From the .NZ September Newsletter

DNSSEC 

We are actively working on the DNSSEC deployment for .nz. We have chosen a signing architecture based on OpenDNSSEC and the Sun Crypto Accelerator 6000 for the Hardware Security Module. Currently we are making changes to the SRS system to support DS records and testing the signing architecture. We expect to have the .nz zone signed by the end of the year, the second level zones will follow in a reasonable timeframe. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate in contacting us at support@nzrs.net.nz 

NZRS Website refresh 

On 8th September 2010 the new NZRS website went online. The first step was a refresh of the website's look and feel. 

Now we are reviewing and updating it's content to make it easier to find and more relevant. Most of the content is still the same but we might have re-located some of it to other more fitting sections of the website. We are also adding more content and will continue to do so over time. 

Please note that most links to documents and downloads have changed. If you are looking for a specific download just use the search box on top of the page or contact us if you have trouble finding something. 

Registrar logins for the registrar section of the site have changed. Registrars can go to this link http://www.nzrs.net.nz/user/password and enter their email address to get their username and new password. If registrars are not sure what email address to use to get their password email us.

Also if you have any questions or comments please send them to support@nzrs.net.nz 

EPP 

We have deployed a functioning version of the SRS EPP interface to test and production systems. If there are any registrars that would like to assist us with our testing or are interested in using the EPP interface in production then please contact Dave or Manu on support@nzrs.net.nz 

GST increase to 15% from 1st October 

Just a reminder that the GST is increasing to 15% from 1 October 2010. The new GST rate will apply to all charges invoiced on or after 1 October 2010, i.e. the new GST rate will apply to all billing transactions generated on or after 1 October 2010. If you have any questions relating to this please don't hesitate to contact us at support@nzrs.net.nz.  

30 Aug 2010    From the .NZ August Newsletter

Disaster Recovery Handover Test
On Sunday, 5th September 2010 there will be a scheduled shut down of the SRS to allow for
the yearly Disaster Recovery Handover Test. The test will be based on the Backup Operation
Support Service (BOSS) activation handover procedure. The object of the exercise is to test
as much of the SRS disaster recovery procedures as possible in a controlled and safe manner.
The test will occur on Sunday 5th September (4 hours) 06:00 - 10:00 NZST.


EPP
The final version of the SRS EPP interface will be deployed to our test environment on the 30th
August and we are targetting the date of the 12th of September for deploying the EPP interface
into production. If there are any registrars that would like to assist us with our testing or are
interested in using the EPP interface in production then please contact Dave or Manu on
support@nzrs.net.nz

DNSSEC
We are actively working on the DNSSEC deployment for .nz. We have chosen a signing
architecture based on OpenDNSSEC and the Sun Crypto Accelerator 6000 for the Hardware
Security Module. Currently we are making changes to the SRS system to support DS records
and testing the signing architecture. We expect to have the .nz zone signed by the end of the
year, the second level zones will follow in a reasonable timeframe. If you have any questions,
please don't hesitate in contacting us at support@nzrs.net.nz

28 Jun 2010    From the .NZ June Newsletter

SRS EPP Changes

The next release of the SRS (Sunday 11th July 2010 07:00 - 09:00) introduces some major new changes that are a pre-requisite for the EPP proxy interface that we have been working on for the last 12 months. The new changes include an 'EPP style' message polling capability for the SRS GetMessage transaction and also include new SRS Contact Object transactions for creating and updating contact objects and associating them with domains. These changes are available for registrar testing in the RPS test system.
A beta EPP interface is available for registrar testing. If any registrars would like to be involved in testing the EPP interface, please contact Dave or Manuela: support@nzrs.net.nz

IDN

SRS code changes were implemented in the February release and the "Go Live" date is scheduled for July.

DNSSEC

Over the last few months we have been working in the test environment on the technical elements of signing the .nz zone. Internal testing has been carried out using Open DNSSEC, which enables easier management of cryptographic key material and operations relating to DNSSEC. The timeline for this project is being put together and will be announced soon. If you would like any more details or would like to be involved in the DNSSEC project please contact our DNS specialist, Sebastian (sebastian@nzrs.net.nz)

Project Programme Update

As published last year we have moved to an annual Project Programme for systems and infrastructure development. This is a brief update on the current status of that programme:

Task Status Comments
Implementation of EPP In Progress See above
Implementation of IDN In Progress See above
DNSSEC Implementation In Progress See above
Code review of the SRS In Progress The SRS is several years old now and this project will look at where the existing code base can be improved / refined.
NTP Server In Progress Three NTP servers for the SRS and DNS are planned to be implemented over the next few months, and potentially offering a public time service as well.
SRS Test Cluster Not started  
Hidden Primary (3rd) Not started  

If registrars require any further information please let us know.

27 May 2010    From the .NZ May Newsletter

SRS EPP Changes

A beta EPP interface is available for registrar testing. The interface will have a small subset of the EPP functionality. Regular incremental releases with additional functionality will be made to the test system throughout June. If any registrars would like to be involved in testing the EPP interface, please contact Dave or Manuela: support@nzrs.net.nz

IDN

SRS code changes were implemented in the February release and the "Go Live" date scheduled for July.
One of the IDN changes will result in the creation of a new second level domain (SLD) under .nz: māori.nz. All existing and futures names registered under maori.nz will be duplicated under the new SLD māori.nz, we will use a DNAME record in the .nz zone.
Although the DNAME record has been standard for more than 10 years, we want to make sure domains under māori.nz will work properly. To do so, we have prepared a test page that will let us find out the level of DNAME support among cache resolvers.
We kindly ask you to visit http://www.te-reo.maori.dns.net.nz to help us with the testing process. We will collect visits to the page and DNS queries for particular names and correlate them to identify the number of resolvers supporting the DNAME record. Feel free to share this link with anybody, including other suitable mailing lists.
If you find any issue, have comments or suggestions, please let us know. 

DNSSEC

Over the last few months we have been working in the test environment on the technical elements of signing the .nz zone. Internal testing has been carried out using Open DNSSEC, which enables easier management of cryptographic key material and operations relating to DNSSEC. The timeline for this project is being put together and will be announced soon. If you would like any more details or would like to be involved in the DNSSEC project please contact our DNS specialist, Sebastian (sebastian@nzrs.net.nz)

Project Programme Update

As published last year we have moved to an annual Project Programme for systems and infrastructure development. This is a brief update on the current status of that programme:

 

Task
Status
Comments
 PGP Key Server
Completed
 
 Postgres/Apache/OS Upgrade
Completed
 
 Hardware Upgrade
Completed
 
 DNS Monitoring/Reporting
Completed
 
 DNS Test Cluster
Completed
 
 DDOS Mitigation
Completed
 
 Intra-site Connection
Completed
 
 Implementation of EPP
In Progress
 See above
 Implementation of IDN
In Progress
 See above
 DNSSEC Implementation
In Progress
 See above
Code review of the SRS
In Progress
 The SRS is several years old now and this project will look at where the existing code base can be improved / refined.
NTP Server
In Progress
 Three NTP servers for the SRS and DNS are planned to be implemented over the next few months, and potentially offering a public time service as well.
 SRS Test Cluster
Not started
 
 Hidden Primary (3rd)
Not started
 

If registrars require any further information please let us know.

Registrar Implementation Kit

The SRSClient and SRS User Interface (SRS UI) applications that we distribute as part of the Registrar Implementation Kit (RIK) have had very few changes made to them since the SRS was launched. The SRSClient was originally developed as an example client interface for registrars to look at and use to assist in developing an interface to the SRS.
Our recent customer satisfaction survey showed that a large proportion of registrars are using the SRSClient and a number of registrars have said that they would like to see some improvements made to the SRSClient and SRS UI. The main theme of the comments were around improving the installation/upgrade process and improving the interfaces. We agree with these comments and have decided to start a project to address these issues.
We would like to hear registrar views, suggestions and comments about any updates and improvements they would like to see made to the SRSClient, SRS UI and anything else in the RIK.
Please send your comments and suggestions to Dave or Manuela at support@nzrs.net.nz

21 May 2010    Board Meeting on 28th May 2010

The next meeting of the NZRS board will take place on 28 May 2010 at 11am in Wellington.  The agenda is given below

  1. Directors Only Time
  2. Directors & CE Only Time
  3. Apologies
  4. Declarations of Interest/Conflicts of Interest
  5. Minutes
    • 5.1. Confirmation of minutes of meeting 16 April 2010 (includes updated action items)
    • 5.2. Matters arising (not covered elsewhere)
  6. Matters for Decision
    • 6.1. Ratification of Board Decisions Made by Email
    • 6.2. 4th Quarter 2009-10 Report to the Shareholder
    • 6.3. Final Budgets 2010/11 to 2012/13
    • 6.4. Audit Representation Letter
    • 6.5. 2009/10 Annual Accounts (Grant Thornton to attend - 11.30am)
    • 6.6. Approve 2009-2010 Annual Report
  7. Matters for Discussion
    • 7.1. Chief Executive Report
    • 7.2. Introducing a new Strategy Framework
    • 7.3. Project Expenditure Report
  8. Monthly Reports
    • 8.1. Operational Report
    • 8.2. Financial Reports
  9. Key Stakeholders
    • 9.1. INZ - update & Issues (INZ CEO Vikram Kumar in attendance @ 12.30pm)
    • 9.2 DNCL - update & issues (Debbie Monahan & Joy Liddicoat in attendance @ 12.45pm)
  10. Board Matters
    • 10.1. Board Succession - Copy NZRS Non Executive Director Recruitment
    • 10.2. InternetNZ & NZRS AGM's - Thursday 29 July 2010
    • 10.3. Timetables
    • 10.4.Report back from the Audit and Risk Assessment Committee
    • 10.5.Confirmation of Security Procedures for Anti-virus Software
  11. Other Business

As much of our board discussions are around confidential business issues we do not make the meetings open to the public, however we are always interested in any comments or issues that our customers wish to raise and may extend an invitation to our board meeting if appropriate.  If you would like to discuss any agenda items then please contact Jay Daley our Chief Executive at jay@nzrs.net.nz or 04 931 6977. 

14 May 2010    NZRS Director Recruitment

Two Directors of NZRS complete their terms in July 2010 and InternetNZ is seeking applications from suitably qualified individuals who wish to be considered for appointment to the NZRS Board.

For more information please check the PDF document you can download here.

27 Apr 2010    From the .NZ April Newsletter

SRS EPP Changes

A beta EPP interface will be available for registrar shortly. The interface will have a small subset of the EPP functionality. Regular incremental releases with additional functionality will be made to the test system through to June. If any registrars would like to be involved in testing the EPP interface, please contact Dave or Manuela: support@nzrs.net.nz


DNSSEC

Over the last few months we have been working in the test environment on the technical elements of signing the .nz zone. Internal testing has been carried out using Open DNSSEC, which enables easier management of cryptographic key material and operations relating to DNSSEC. The timeline for this project is being put together and will be announced soon. If you would like any more details or would like to be involved in the DNSSEC project please contact our DNS specialist, Sebastian (sebastian@nzrs.net.nz)


Project Programme Update

As published last year we have moved to an annual Project Programme for systems and infrastructure development. This is a brief update on the current status of that programme:

Task
Status
Comments
 PGP Key Server
Completed
 
 Postgres/Apache/OS Upgrade
Completed
 
 Hardware Upgrade
Completed
 
 DNS Monitoring/Reporting
Completed
 
 DNS Test Cluster
Completed
 
 DDOS Mitigation
Completed
 
 Intra-site Connection
Completed
 
 Implementation of EPP
In Progress
 See above
 Implementation of IDN
In Progress
 SRS code changes to be implemented in the February release and the “Go Live” date scheduled for July.
 DNSSEC Implementation
In Progress
 See above
Code review of the SRS
In Progress
 The SRS is several years old now and this project will look at where the existing code base can be improved / refined.
NTP Server
In Progress
 Three NTP servers for the SRS and DNS are planned to be implemented over the next few months, and potentially offering a public time service as well.
 SRS Test Cluster
Not started
 
 Hidden Primary (3rd)
Not started
 

If registrars require any further information please let us know.

 

Registrar Implementation Kit

The SRSClient and SRS User Interface (SRS UI) applications that we distribute as part of the Registrar Implementation Kit (RIK) have had very few changes made to them since the SRS was launched. The SRSClient was originally developed as an example client interface for registrars to look at and use to assist in developing an interface to the SRS.
Our recent customer satisfaction survey showed that a large proportion of registrars are using the SRSClient and a number of registrars have said that they would like to see some improvements made to the SRSClient and SRS UI. The main theme of the comments were around improving the installation/upgrade process and improving the interfaces. We agree with these comments and have decided to start a project to address these issues.
We would like to hear registrar views, suggestions and comments about any updates and improvements they would like to see made to the SRSClient, SRS UI and anything else in the RIK.
Please send your comments and suggestions to Dave or Manuela at support@nzrs.net.nz

09 Apr 2010    Board Meeting on 16th April 2010

The next meeting of the NZRS Board will take place on Friday 16 April 2010 at 8.30am in Wellington. 

AGENDA

  1. Board Effectiveness Review (8.30 - 11.30am meeting with Graeme Nahkies, Boardworks International)
  2. Directors Only Time
  3. Directors & CE Only Time
  4. Apologies
  5. Declarations of Interest/Conflicts of Interest
  6. Minutes
    • 6.1. Confirmation of minutes of meeting 12 February 2010
    • 6.2.Confirmation of minutes of tele-conference meeting 3 March 2010
    • 6.3.Confirmation of minutes of tele-conference meeting 9 March 2010
    • 6.4.Updated Action Items from 12 February 2010
    • 6.5.Updated Action Items from 3 March 2010
    • 6.6.Updated Action Items from 9 March 2010
    • 6.7.Matters arising (not covered elsewhere)
  7. Matters for Decision
    • 7.1.Ratification of Board Decisions Made by Email
    • 7.2.Domain Name Fee Reduction
    • 7.3.Interim Final Budgets 2010/11 to 2012/13
    • 7.4.Liquidity Policy
  8. Matters for Discussion
    • 8.1.Chief Executive Report
    • 8.2.Review of D&O Insurance & proposed D&O Indemnity Deed
      • 8.2.1 Consolidated Legal Advice
  9. Monthly Reports
    • 9.1.Operational Report
    • 9.2.Financial Reports
      • 9.2.1.Term Deposits
      • 9.2.2.Management Accounts January 2010
      • 9.2.3.Management Accounts February 2010
      • 9.2.4.Financial KPI’s & Graphs
      • 9.2.5.NZRS payments under $10,000 1.1.10-31.1.10
      • 9.2.6.NZRS payments under $10,000 1.2.10-28.2.10
  10. Key Stakeholders
    • 10.1. INZ – update & Issues (INZ CEO Vikram Kumar in attendance @ 11.45am)
      • 10.1.1. Other
      • 10.1.2. INZ Council meeting 19th March 2010
    • 10.2 DNCL – update & issues (Debbie Monahan & Joy Liddicoat in attendance @ 12.30pm)
      • 10.2.1 Other
  11. Board Matters
    • 11.1. Board Succession
    • 11.2. CE Performance and Review (Director only time)
    • 11.3.Timetables
      • 11.3.1. Annual Planning / Meeting Timetable 2010
      • 11.3.2. Board Calendar
    • 11.4.Report back from the Audit and Risk Assessment Committee
      • 11.4.1 Audit & Risk Assessment Committee Meeting Recommendations to the Board
      • 11.4.2 Draft Audit & Risk Assessment Committee Meeting Minutes 26 February 2010
    • 11.5.Confirmation of Security Procedures for Anti-virus Software
  12. Other Business

As much of our board discussions are around confidential business issues we do not make the meetings open to the public, however we are always interested in any comments or issues that our customers wish to raise and may extend an invitation to our board meeting if appropriate.  If you would like to discuss any agenda items then please contact Jay Daley our Chief Executive at jay@nzrs.net.nz or 04 931 6977. 

31 Mar 2010    From the DNC Newsletter

SRS EPP Changes

Over the last 12 months we have been working on implementing an EPP interface to the SRS. There has been a change to the original plan to have an EPP proxy for registrars to use to talk to the SRS. After getting feedback from registrars and looking at the solution in detail, it was determined that whilst this was a good solution for NZRS, it would be harder on registrars. 

So it has been decided to bring the EPP proxy into the SRS. In order to do this the SRS data model needs to be enhanced to provide EPP support and maintain backwards compatibility for those registrars that do not want to use EPP.  Also EPP style contact object management and message polling will be available though SRS transactions in addition to being available via EPP transactions using the EPP proxy. The EPP proxy will be standards compliant, with no .nz-specific extensions.
The EPP interface and the new SRS transactions are optional and registrars can continue to use their normal set of SRS transactions if they wish to do so. Registrars that want to use EPP can move to a native EPP solution, or access EPP style functionality using the SRS XML interface. 

It is planned that a beta EPP interface will be available on the test system by April 2010 with a subset of the EPP functionality and then regular incremental releases to the test system through to June with additional functionality. At this stage we are planning to have the interface implemented on the production system by July 2010. If registrars want to be involved earlier, then an Alpha release of the SRS protocol can be provided now. Please contact NZRS if you require any more information or would like to be involved in early testing of the EPP interface. 

NZRS are fully committed to maintaining the existing SRS XML interface and there are no plans to replace it.

Project Programme Update

As published last year NZRS have moved to an annual Project Programme for systems and infrastructure development. This is a brief update on the current status of that programme:

Task

Status

Comments

PGP Key Server

Completed

 

Postgres/Apache/OS Upgrade

Completed

 

Hardware Upgrade

Completed

 

DNS Monitoring/Reporting

Completed

 

DNS Test Cluster

Completed

 

Implementation of EPP

In Progress

See above

Implementation of IDN

In Progress

SRS code changes to be implemented in the February release and the "Go Live" date scheduled for July.

DDOS Mitigation

In Progress

Due to be completed Feb/Mar. 

Intra-site Connection

In Progress

Due to be completed Feb/Mar.  This link should result in increased stability for inter cluster communications and allow for various management functions to take place over this link without impacting on the registrar SRS connection.

DNSSEC Implementation

In progress

Over the last few months NZRS and DNCL have been working on the DNSSEC implementation. NZRS have been working in the test environment on the technical elements of signing the .nz zone. Internal testing has been carried out using Open DNSSEC, which enables easier management of cryptographic key material and operations relating to DNSSEC. NZRS are now reviewing all the changes to the SRS that will be needed to be made to the NZRS system and will be working with DNCL on the policy changes that will need to be made and implemented. The timeline for this project is still being planned, however it is envisaged to occur in 2010.

Code review of the SRS

In progress

The SRS is several years old now and this project will look at where the existing code base can be improved/refined.

NTP Server

In Progress

There are not many NTP servers in NZ.  The DNS has had issues with existing NTP servers.  NZRS view certain elements of NZ internet infrastructure as being critical and will support these such as NTP and PGP.  The NTP roll out is planned for later this year, and potentially offering a public time service as well.

SRS Test Cluster

Not started

 

Hidden Primary (3rd)

Not started

 

 

If registrars require any further information please let us know.

Registrar Implementation Kit

The SRSClient and SRS User Interface (SRS UI) applications that we distribute as part of the Registrar Implementation Kit (RIK) have had very few changes made to them since the SRS was launched. The SRSClient was originally developed as an example client interface for registrars to look at and use to assist in developing an interface to the SRS.

Our recent customer satisfaction survey showed that a large proportion of registrars are using the SRSClient and a number of registrars have said that they would like to see some improvements made to the SRSClient and SRS UI. The main theme of the comments were around improving the installation/upgrade process and improving the interfaces. We agree with these comments and have decided to start a project to address these issues.   

We would like to hear registrar views, suggestions and comments about any updates and improvements they would like to see made to the SRSClient, SRS UI and anything else in the RIK.

Please send your comments and suggestions to Dave or Manuela at support@nzrs.net.nz

19 Mar 2010    Customer Satisfaction Survey Results

Every two years NZRS conducts a survey of registrars to measure satisfaction with our services and to help us plan future developments.  Participation is generally good but this year with the increased prizes on offer has been exceptional and we wish to thank all those that generously gave of their time to participate.

The results are again very good with satisfaction rating of over 90%.  We also have considerable information on our services and planned developments that will help us improve further.  We should also like to thank those of you that took the time to provide comments, which were extensive, as they give us significant insight into your requirements.

For the first time we are publishing our results, in an aggregated and anonymised form.  None of the comments are included to ensure that no respondents can be identified.

if you wish to comment on this survey or the issues raised by it then please feel free to contact Jay Daley, our Chief Executive, on jay@nzrs.net.nz or +64 4 931 6977.

Download the Customer Survey Results here (pdf, 500 kb)

05 Feb 2010    Board meeting on 12 February 2010

The next meeting of the NZRS board will take place on 12 February 2010 at 11am in Wellington.  The agenda is given below.

  1. Directors Only Time
  2. Directors & CE Only Time
  3. Apologies
  4. Declarations of Interest/Conflicts of Interest
  5. Minutes
    • 5.1 Confirmation of minutes of meeting 27 November 2009
    • 5.2 Updated Action Items from 27 November 2009
    • 5.3 Matters arising (not covered elsewhere)
  6. Matters for Decision
    • 6.1 Ratification of Board Decisions Made by Email
    • 6.2 Three Year Budgets
    • 6.3 Approve 3rd 2009-10 Interim Dividend to Shareholder
  7. Matters for Discussion
    • 7.1 Chief Executive Report
    • 7.2 ENUM Presentation
    • 7.3 Progress Report on EPP
    • 7.4 Customer Satisfaction Report
  8. Monthly Reports
    • 8.1 Operational Report
    • 8.2 Financial Reports
  9. Key Stakeholders
    • 9.1 INZ – update & Issues (INZ CEO – Richard Currey / Vikram Kumar in attendance)
    • 9.2 DNCL – update & issues (Debbie Monahan & Joy Liddicoat in attendance)
  10. Board Matters
    • 10.1 Board Performance Appraisal
    • 10.2 Board Succession (2010 AGM Director Retirements)
    • 10.3 Timetables
    • 10.4 Report back from the Audit and Risk Assessment Committee
    • 10.5 Confirmation of Security Procedures for Anti-virus Software
  11. Other Business


As much of our board discussions are around confidential business issues we do not make the meetings open to the public, however we are always interested in any comments or issues that our customers wish to raise and may extend an invitation to our board meeting if appropriate.  If you would like to discuss any agenda items then please contact Jay Daley our Chief Executive at jay@nzrs.net.nz or 04 931 6977. 

05 Nov 2009    We are moving

We will be shifting premises on 12-13 November 2009.  (i.e. .nz Registry Services Ltd, Domain Name Commission Ltd and InternetNZ)

Our office phone/fax numbers and postal address will remain unchanged. You find them on the 'Contact Us' page

Our new physical address is:

Level 9,
Grand Arcade Tower,
16 Willis Street,
Wellington 6011.

During the shift between the hours of 2.00pm Thurs 12th and 12 noon  Friday 13th there will be an answer phone service in place with the option to either leave a message or if your matter is urgent a contact cellphone number will be provided.

01 Feb 2009    Our new Chief Executive, Jay Daley

Our new Chief Executive, Jay Daley, has now started in his role taking over from Nick Griffin, to whom we send our thanks for many years of good service. Jay was formerly the CTO of Nominet the .uk registry and has long experience of managing registry operations and infrastructure. If you wish to contact Jay directly then you can do so at jay @ nzrs.net.nz he would be pleased to hear from you.

13 Jan 2009    Appointment of Chief Executive

.nz Registry Services is delighted to announce the appointment of Jay Daley to the position of Chief Executive of NZRS. Jay was formerly Director of IT at Nominet UK, one of the world’s leading domain name registries, and brings to his new role a wealth of experience in registry management, leadership and strategic management, and critical technology systems management. He combines a passion for technical excellence with a desire to foster a culture of consensus decision‐making, lifelong learning, knowledge sharing and excellent customer service. One of Jay’s notable recent successes has been heading the implementation of ENUM in the UK, the first diversification undertaken by Nominet UK.
Jay is married with three children and currently lives in the UK. Subject to Jay and his family meeting New Zealand residency requirements, Jay expects to be able to take up his position with NZRS in February.

01 Dec 2008    Update - .nz name server ns7.dns.net.nz

New Zealand Registry Services (NZRS) is pleased to announce that the authoritative name server NS7.DNS.NET.NZ for the .nz Domain Name System (DNS) has been replaced.

The replacement is part of a wider project aimed at improving the .nz DNS infrastructure. There is no impact on the .nz DNS as a result of the change and the new IP address for NS7.DNS.NET.NZ is 202.46.188.130.

Over the last few weeks the NZRS, a subsidiary company of Internet New Zealand, has worked on the changes. The NS7 authoritative .nz name server was previously operated by Telecom.

Bringing the server under NZRS’ control will lead to greater reporting and monitoring of the .nz name servers. It will also enable the smoother addition of servers to other parts of the network, if required.

NZRS General Manager Nick Griffin thanks Telecom for its solid management of the .nz name server to-date.

“The new server uses a technology called Anycast, where multiple servers respond to the same IP address, resulting in faster query times. It adds additional robustness and offers better resistance to large-scale denial of service attacks,” he says.

The NZRS operates and manages the registry of .nz domain names and the operation of the Domain Name System (DNS) in the .nz domain name space.

21 Nov 2008    General Manager Nick Griffin will be leaving NZRS

Announcement by Anne Urlwin - Chairman NZ Registry Services:

Nick Griffin has advised that he will be leaving the company after 6 1/2
years. His departure date is the end of January 2009, but he has agreed to
the Board's request that he will continue to be available, if required, to
assist in the transition over the months of February and March.

Nick has led the company from its inception, through to it becoming a very
stable supplier of key infrastructure to New Zealand.
During the early days of the company, Nick was heavily involved in the
setting up of the company, the implementation of the Shared Registry System
(SRS) and the transfer of the registry. Since those early days, Nick has
worked tirelessly leading his team and suppliers to continually improve the
SRS and DNS, this has resulted in the very impressive systems stability,
availability and response times that we have recorded across his term of
leadership.
Some of the key measures that NZRS has achieved under Nick’s guidance
include:
-    NZRS has achieved the highest levels of System Performance and
System Availability for the SRS and DNS.
-    Customer Satisfaction levels over 95%
-    The implementation of robust Business Continuity processes and
procedures that are ingrained into the day to day operation.
-    Impressive financial results: including growing revenues, managed
expenses and increasing dividends
   
These results can be seen on the NZRS website and the NZRS Annual Reports.

28 Oct 2008    Update - .nz name server ns4.dns.net.nz

New Zealand Registry Services (NZRS) is pleased to announce that the authoritative name server for the .nz Domain Name System (DNS) has been replaced.

The replacement is part of a wider project aimed at improving the .nz DNS infrastructure. There is no impact on the .nz DNS as a result of the change and the new IP address for NS4.DNS.NET.NZ is 202.46.189.130.

Over the last few weeks the NZRS, a subsidiary company of Internet New Zealand, has worked on the changes. The authoritative .nz name server was previously operated by TelstraClear.

Bringing the server under NZRS' control will lead to greater reporting and monitoring of the .nz name servers. It will also enable the smoother addition of servers to other parts of the network, if required.

NZRS General Manager Nick Griffin thanks TelstraClear for its solid management of the .nz name server to-date.

"The new server uses a technology called anycast, where multiple servers respond to the same IP address, resulting in faster query times. It adds additional robustness and offers better resistance to large-scale denial of service attacks," he says.

The NZRS operates and manages the registry of .nz domain names and the operation of the Domain Name System (DNS) in the .nz domain name space.

28 Feb 2008    Update - .nz name server ns7 and ns3

NS7 has been updated from a NZRS operated unicast name server to an anycast name server service hosted and managed by Autonomica with multiple overseas locations.

NS3 hae been updated from a NZRS operated unicast name server to a NZRS operated anycast name server service with two servers located in Wellington and Auckland.

13 Jun 2007    NZ offers IPv6 connectivity

NZRS (.nz Registry Services) announces that a core component of the New Zealand Internet infrastructure is being geared up to accommodate huge potential increases in the number of networked devices connected to the Internet.

"Mobile phones are becoming common Internet devices and many other mobile and specialist devices from security systems to home automation will require connectivity in the future. It is preferable that each computer or device connected to the Internet has a unique addressing number," says NZRS general manager Nick Griffin.

The key to increasing capacity is the introduction of IPv6, the next generation Internet Protocol. IPv6 uses 128 bits for its computer addresses, a huge leap from the 32 bits used in the existing IPv4. This means 340 billion billion billion billion addresses can be covered by IPv6, compared to 4.3 billion for IPv4. Note the population of the world is approximately 6.6 billion.

NZRS is today pleased to announce that the .nz name servers are now operating with IPv6 connectivity in what can be regarded as the first phase of the .nz IPv6 rollout. The name servers are named ns8.dns.net.nz and ns9.dns.net.nz, and are located in Wellington and Albany respectively. Both are connected to the NZ IPv6 Internet Exchange and there is a .nz Whois server accessible at whois.ipv6.srs.net.nz.

NZRS thanks non-profit consortium Open Contributors Corporation for Advanced Internet Development (OCCAID) and US telco Sprint for providing IPv6 tunnels, and thanks Citylink for help in connecting to the NZ IPv6 Internet Exchange.

.nz Registry Services is responsible for operation of the register of domain names and the Domain Name System (DNS) in the .nz domain name space.

01 May 2007    Change of the Country Code Table

Download the latest version of the country code table here

Add:
GG GUERNSEY
RS SERBIA
ME MONTENEGRO
TL TIMOR-LESTE
IM ISLE OF MAN
AX ALAND ISLANDS
JE JERSEY

Remove:
FX FRANCE, METROPOLITAN
TP EAST TIMOR
YU YUGOSLAVIA
ZR ZAIRE

Change Spelling of Country names to:
BA BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
HM HEARD ISLAND AND MCDONALD ISLANDS
HR CROATIA
IR IRAN, ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF
MO MACAO
PM SAINT PIERRE AND MIQUELON
SH SAINT HELENA
SJ SVALBARD AND JAN MAYEN
SK SLOVAKIA
TW TAIWAN, PROVINCE OF CHINA
VA HOLY SEE (VATICAN CITY STATE)
VG VIRGIN ISLANDS, BRITISH
VI VIRGIN ISLANDS, U.S.
WF WALLIS AND FUTUNA

29 Mar 2007    .NZ wholesale domain name fee reduction

InternetNZ (The Internet Society of New Zealand) is reducing by 14% the wholesale domain name fee charged to authorised .nz registrars by .nz Registry Services (NZRS).

Colin Jackson, InternetNZ President, says "The InternetNZ Council is pleased to confirm that the wholesale domain name fee will reduce to $1.50 per domain name per month, down from $1.75 per domain name per month.” These figures are exclusive of GST.

The new wholesale fee will apply from 1 July 2007. “We trust that early notification of the lower fee will assist registrars in their planning," says Jackson.

The decision to reduce the fee is the outcome of a joint recommendation from the .nz Oversight Committee (NZOC) and NZRS to the InternetNZ Council.

Dr Frank March, Chair of the NZOC, says he hopes that the lower fee will encourage the continuation of a healthy growth rate in the registration of new domain names. However he cautions “There is no obligation on registrars to pass on any savings they make in a reduction of the wholesale fee.”

Dr March continues “The .nz market is a competitive environment and I hope that the range of authorised registrars will encourage some to reduce the retail price."

The reduction in the wholesale domain name fee is the second drop since NZRS took over running the .nz domain name register in October 2002.

NZRS Chair, Anne Urlwin, says “The result of the fee review is a successful outcome for everyone. We take our responsibilities in managing the .nz register seriously, and are pleased that we've achieved efficiencies in our systems that enable this decrease in the fee to registrars."

08 Mar 2007    SRS Open Source Code v1.38 Released

SRS Open Source Code v1.38 has been released on Thursday 8th March 2007. The SRS Open Source Code is available on Sourceforge. The Project is called "Domain Name Registry System".

The link to access the project is http://sourceforge.net/projects/dnrs/

13 Feb 2007    SRS_Resource_Manager

A Resource Manager component is being added to the SRS to protect the SRS and to share the SRS resources equally between registrars. Please refer to this PDF document for details and examples: SRS_Resource_Manager

08 Dec 2006    SRS Open Source Code v1.37 Released

SRS Open Source Code v1.37 has been released on Friday 8th December 2006. The SRS Open Source Code is available on Sourceforge. The Project is called "Domain Name Registry System".

The link to access the project is http://sourceforge.net/projects/dnrs/

24 Mar 2005    IPv6 Glue Announcement

NZRS is pleased to advise that it has added the support of IPv6 glue records to the Shared Registry System (SRS) and DNS. The adoption of IPv6 Glue will bring benefits to the registry in that it will allow for registrants who wish, to start investing in IPv6 technology.

Registrars are now able to provide IPv6 Glue records to the SRS, and this information will be included in the zone files output from the SRS. Note. AAAA (and not A6) records will be published in the zone files.

In order to allow for IPv6 Glue records, the SRS will accept an additional field (IP6Addr) in the definition of a nameserver. It is not a mandatory field. NOTE. If IP addresses are required, there MUST be an IPv4 address provided, not just an IPv6 address.

The full technical details supporting IPv6 Glue records are available here....(pdf)

The enablement of IPv6 is one of the strategic programs that NZRS is undertaking across the next 2 years.

23 Mar 2005    Joint InternetNZ, NZOC, and NZRS Announcement

InternetNZ (www.internetnz.net.nz) is maintaining the wholesale domain name fee charged to authorised .nz registrars by nz Registry Services (NZRS).

The President of InternetNZ, Keith Davidson states "The InternetNZ Council has confirmed that the wholesale Domain Name Fee will remain at $1.75 per domain name per month ".

Mr Davidson added "The review of the fee is undertaken annually by NZRS and the NZ Oversight Committee (NZOC), the recommendation from the joint review was that the Fee should remain at the same level as set last year and the InternetNZ Council have adopted that recommendation".

23 Mar 2005    .NZ wholesale domain name fee - no change
20 Dec 2004    NZRS Signs Outsourcing Contract with Catalyst IT

NZ Registry Services (NZRS) today announced that it has signed a two year Outsourcing Services agreement with Catalyst IT Limited for the provision of the Outsourcing Services covering the Shared Registry System (SRS) and Domain Name Server systems and applications.

NZRS undertook a comprehensive and robust Request for Information and Request for Proposal process which focused on continuity of service, incremental improvement, and low risk while improving the management framework.

The parties took particular care in crafting an outsourcing contract that would ensure the continued high availability of the NZRS systems.

NZRS General Manager, Nick Griffin stated "We are pleased to announce the successful conclusion of an agreement with Catalyst. The signing of this contract provides NZRS with an enhanced level of service for the next two years. Catalyst has provided NZRS with an excellent service over the last couple of years and we look forward to continuing our relationship with them."

Mr Griffin went on to say "that this contract will ensure the continued high availability with stronger support for the SRS and DNS environments to Registrars and individuals who operate Domain Names".

NZRS operates and manages the Shared Registry System and the Domain Name System for the .nz Top Level Domain. The company, established in 2002 to operate the shared registry system, had temporarily outsourced system support. The Board took the decision last year to continue outsourcing but on a longer term contract basis and one that improved quality and service levels. The registry currently supports in excess of 173,000 .nz domain names and has experienced strong growth in its 26 months of operation.

02 Aug 2004    NZRS Selects Preferred Outsourcing Supplier

NZ Registry Services (NZRS) today announced that Catalyst IT Limited has been selected as the Preferred Supplier for the provision of the Outsourcing Services covering the Shared Registry System (SRS) and Domain Name Server systems and applications.

NZRS undertook a comprehensive and robust Request for Information and Request for Proposal process which focused on continuity of service, incremental improvement, and low risk while improving the management framework.

NZRS General Manager, Nick Griffin stated "we were impressed by the quality and the numbers of suppliers who responded to the RFI/RFP and were encouraged by the high standard and availability of Open Source services within New Zealand."

"We look forward to concluding an agreement with Catalyst in the near future" he said.

NZRS operates and manages the Shared Registry System and the Domain Name System for the .nz Top Level Domain. The company, established in 2002 to operate the new registry system, had temporarily outsourced system support. The Board took the decision last year to continue outsourcing but on a longer term contract basis and one that improved quality and service levels. The registry currently supports in excess of 160,000 .nz domain names and has experienced strong growth in its 21 months of operation.

 (pdf)

22 Jun 2004    IPv4/IPv6 Glue Records

InternetNZ requested that NZRS investigate the cost of implementing IPv6 into the SRS and DNS. As a result of that investigation NZRS is proposing that the SRS and DNS be modified to accept IPv6 glue records. More details are available here.

30 Jan 2004    Release of SRS Open Source Code

When the Shared Registry System (SRS) was developed in 2002, it was developed with the use of Open Source tools. Since going live in October 2002, NZRS has undertaken a continuous improvement programme of improvements to the SRS.

The SRS has proved itself to be a reliable and robust system which is currently supporting 42 registrars, 141,000 domain names and 12 2nd level domains.

We are pleased to announce that the SRS Open Source Code was released on 30 January 2004.

The SRS was released on Sourceforge. We have set up a project where you will beable to access the code.

The Project is called "Domain Name Registry System" (hence the "dnrs"), this is because SRS is already in use.

The link to access the project is http://sourceforge.net/projects/dnrs/

14 Jan 2004    .NZ wholesale domain name fee reduction

Joint InternetNZ, NZOC, and NZRS Announcement. January 14, 2004

InternetNZ (www.internetnz.net.nz) is reducing by 12.5% the wholesale domain name fee charged to authorised .nz registrars by nz Registry Services (NZRS).

The President of InternetNZ, Keith Davidson states "The InternetNZ Council is pleased to confirm that the wholesale domain name fee will drop to $1.75 per domain name per month, down from $2.00 per domain name per month".

Mr Davidson added "The new wholesale fee will apply from 1 July 2004. We trust that early notification of the lower fee will assist registrars in their planning."

The decision to reduce the fee is the outcome of a joint recommendation from the .nz Oversight Committee (NZOC) and NZRS to the InternetNZ Council.

Dr Frank March, Chair of the NZOC, hopes that the lower fee will encourage the continuation of a healthy growth rate in the registration of new domain names, Dr March cautions: "There is no obligation on registrars to pass on any savings they make in a reduction of the wholesale fee".

Dr March continues "The .nz market is now a competitive environment and I hope that the range of authorised registrars will encourage some to reduce the retail price."

The drop in the wholesale domain name fee will take effect less than two years after NZRS took over running the .nz domain name register. NZRS Chair, Carol Stigley, says "The result of the fee review is a successful outcome for everyone. We take our responsibilities in managing the .nz register seriously, and are pleased that we've achieved efficiencies in our systems that enables this decrease in the fee to registrars."

NZRS Announcement. January 14, 2004

NZRS is pleased to advise that from 1 July 2004 the Domain Name Fee will be reduced to $1.75 excluding GST. This represents a 12.5% decrease in the fee.

NZRS and the NZ Oversight Committee undertook a joint review of the Domain Name and put a recommendation to InternetNZ regarding the new Domain Name Fee Save & Exitwhich was accepted.

The early notification of the change is to assist Registrars in their billing processes as we are aware that some Registrars have a long lead in period of advice to Registrants for their renewal/billing.

There will be a joint announcement from InternetNZ, NZ Oversight Committee and NZRS on 14 January.