Conflicted Name Process Overview
The Conflicted Names Process (CNP) was created to give all parties that had a similar third-level domain name (such as anyname.co.nz and anyname.net.nz) the same right to register the shorter version of their domain name for example, anyname.nz.
The conflicted name process started in 2014, some key milestones to date are listed below.
Key Dates Conflicted Names Process
30 March 2015:
Preferential rights period concludes (parties were required to reserve or register prior to this date)
30 March 2017
Reserved names that were not registered, were released for registration
31 March 2017
Changes to .nz policy that allowed DNCL to resolve self-conflicted domain names.
18 October 2017:
Deadline for eligible parties to lodge their preference.
27 October 2017:
Eligible parties that had not lodged their preference, were removed from the conflict set.
28 March 2022
ODR Pilot Launch
The October 2017 change to the conflicted names process leftover 3,000 conflicted names. Since this time, many parties have engaged in negotiation over the phone with a facilitator to reach a resolution on the future ownership over the name. However, at the start of 2022, there were still over 1,600 conflicted name sets. We are excited to offer a simple way to get these resolved via our Conflicted Name Pilot Program