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Domain names give Internet users a unique identifier for their email, web sites and servers, and are often used by schools, organizations and businesses, but not always. We can offer these to our customers at very competitive rates. Domain names consist of a name (eg:smith) with an extension such as .co, usually followed by a country code such as .nz for New Zealand. This results in smith.co.nz. The name can be anything unique, and for New Zealand the extension must be one from the following table and can be registered through us. We can also register global domain names such as .com, .org or .net
New Zealand domain names are managed by Internet NZ under the oversight of a Domain Name Comissioner. Names and registrant information is entered on to a registry by authorised registrars such as Watchdog. The person or organization who requests the domain name is known as the registrant. The registry was previously managed by Domainz. However New Zealand is now running what is called a Shared Registry System where registrars have direct access to the registry and Domainz is now one of a number of registrars. For more information on this go to the Domain Name Commissioner web site.
There is a charge for registration of a new domain name as well as for transferring an existing domain name over to us as your provider. Once a domain name is registered or transferred to us it is then hosted or parked on our name servers. There is an on-going charge for this service. If a domain name is parked then it cannot be used for email or a web site it is effectively on hold for you. To enable it to be used for those purposes, it needs to be hosted. Note there are no longer any annual fees for .nz domains. Many of our Campus and Corporate Watchdog Internet packages include domain hosting so if you are on one of these plans then we allow one domain name to be set up or transferred and hosted at no charge.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for prices or call us on 0508 WATCHDOG (928 243)
Registering a domain name
To register a name please do the following:
Transferring a domain name
To transfer an existing .nz domain name to Watchdog from another domain registrar please email email@example.com with the following information:
Changing a domain name registrant
If a registrant wishes to change the registrant name associated with a domain name we require the following information in order to action this:
An account will then be opened with Watchdog for the new registrant and the transfer processed. There will be a $19 + GST for this.
Managing your domain name
As you, the registrant, are in charge of your domain name then you control what happens to it. We, as the registrar, act upon your instructions and have no ownership of it. Any changes to your domain name records we do for you. In order for you to move to another registrar you will need the UDAI which is a unique password for each domain name. We provide this for you at the time of registration or transfer and keep a secure record of these so that we can provide it to you upon request.
For any questions about domain names please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0508 WATCHDOG (928 243).