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 and the same right to register the shorter version of their domain name for example,

The conflicted name process started in 2014, some key milestones to date are listed below.

How to change my preference

If you want detailed instructions on how to change your preference, click the link. 

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How to register a resolved domain name

If you have received an email advising you that you now have rights to register a previously Conflicted Domain Name and would like more information click here

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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

Change were made to .nz policy that allowing DNCL to resolve self-conflicted domain names.


18 October 2017:

Was the 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

DNCL launched its Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) pilot offering free mediation and e-negotiation to resolve conflicted names for 2 party sets.


30 November 2022

Online Dispute Resolution Pilot for conflicted domain names concluded. 

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