Domain names

Domain names are how people find your organisation and products on the internet. They’re a valuable business asset and you should take care to ensure they are properly registered and protected.

Types of domain names


There are two main types of domain name:

  • generic top level domains (gTLDS), such as .com and .biz, which reflect an international presence; and
  • country code top level domains (ccTLDs), such as .nz and .uk, which reflect a domestic presence.

New types of domain names are continually being introduced, but the most common domain names registered in New Zealand are .co.nz, .nz, .org.nz, and .com.

Domain registration


A domain name can be registered and managed through a domain registry. Each country may have multiple domain registries. To register a domain in New Zealand, registries will require an owner name, address and contact details, along with an administration and billing contact. A domain name can be registered for a period of one to ten years, depending on the type of domain suffix. The domain registration can be renewed indefinitely by paying yearly renewal fees.

Expertise and experience in managing domain name portfolios


Registering the right domain name is critical to your intellectual property and commercial strategy. Baldwins can help you manage your domain name portfolio by registering and renewing domains in addition to providing advice on third party domain name watching and domain name dispute resolution services.

Specialist support for domain name disputes


While owning a domain name registration will deter others from using the same domain name, it may not stop them from registering the same name with a different domain suffix, or a confusingly similar domain name. It is important therefore to make sure that no one registers a domain name that is of strategic interest to you. 

If you find that a third party owns a domain name which rightfully belongs to you or you are served with a domain name complaint, Baldwins has the expertise and experience to help you resolve the dispute .  

Meet our experts

  • Sue Ironside
    Partner, Auckland

  • +64 9 359 7720
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  • Penny Catley
    Partner, Wellington

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  • Paul Johns
    Head of Dispute Resolution, Auckland

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