From 1pm 30 March 2015, thousands of domain name owners with preferential eligibility to register or reserve the new, shorter version of their .nz domain name will lose their priority.

At that time, the shorter versions of these domain names will become available for anyone to register on a first come, first served basis.

The deadline does not apply to those with 'conflicted' domains names that are registered in more than one second level (for instance, .co.nz and .net.nz). If you have an existing .nz domain and do not know your eligibility status for the second-level version, we recommend you seek more information immediately. We can assist you with advice on your second-level domains of interest.

There is no obligation for you to register the second-level version of your domains - you can keep using your existing .nz name as you always have. But second-level domains are likely to become the 'default' option in future, and we recommend you register them if you can.

Registering is a straightforward process and can be done through any .nz registrar or reseller. Reserving costs nothing and is done through a website set up by the Domain Name Commission - anyname.nz.