Registrar Statistics - Who provides .nz domains?
Data about the location of providers of .nz domains.
The providers of .nz domains (known as registrars) come from all over the world and the Domain Name Commission works closely with all of them.
The providers of .nz domain names (known as registrars) come from all over the world and the Domain Name Commission works closely with all of them.
It is a truly global line up with 31 of the 80 registrars that were on the books at the end of August 2021 being incorporated overseas and the remaining 49 being incorporated in New Zealand.
Where are the overseas providers located?
The 31 overseas providers are spread far and wide
- 8 in the United States
- 5 in Great Britain
- 4 in each of Australia and Germany
- 3 in France
- 1 in each of Denmark, Spain, Ireland, India, Singapore and Sweden and the Netherlands.
49 New Zealand connected providers
49 registrars are incorporated in New Zealand. There is a mix of ownership within this NZ incorporated group including those that are NZ owned and those that are wholly owned offshore. However, each New Zealand incorporated entity must have one NZ based director to comply with NZ company law requirements. The registrars have their registered offices all over the country.
- 24 registered in Auckland, with 9 of these being an interconnected group.
- 10 in Wellington
- 5 in Christchurch
- 4 in Hamilton
- 1 in Morrinsville
- 1 in Napier
- 2 in Palmerston North
- 1 in Timaru
- 1 in Oamaru
Market Statistics - Data on the top registrars
The four top providers at the end of the 2021 financial year included one registrar with their registered office in Singapore, one in Germany, and two in New Zealand.
The market highlights section of our annual report has more information about the market.
Changes to registrar ownership
As the regulator that authorises .nz registrars, we keep a watch on the market and circumstances of the registrars operating in it. All registrars must notify us when there is a change of ownership or a change of ultimate control in upstream ownership. The Overseas Investment Office rules can apply to mean that notification or consent is required for the offshore transfer of New Zealand businesses and assets.
Wherever they are, we need to communicate with the providers to help ensure the .nz rules are complied with. This can be in response to issues we observe, third party notifications, or complaints from consumers. The list of registrars can be found on our website.