On 17 March 2014, the 60-day “Sunrise” period for trade mark holders to apply to register .kiwi domain names that match their trade marks closed.  On 18 March 2014 the 30-day Early Bird “Landrush” period started.

According to news reports, by the end of the “Sunrise” period approximately 1000 domain names had already been sold and Dot Kiwi Ltd, the operator of the .kiwi domain name register, had received registrations of interest for 3000 domains.

According to Dot Kiwi Ltd the current “Landrush” period will enable businesses and individuals to apply for the remaining .kiwi domain names, that is whatever ‘Premium’ and trade mark-based domain names have not already been claimed.

At the end of the 30-day “Early Bird” phase, Dot Kiwi Ltd will review all the applications and contact applicants to discuss next steps. Dot Kiwi Ltd advises that if you are the only applicant for a particular domain name, it will proceed to register the domain in your name and he will be able to use it immediately. 

If, however, there are multiple applicants for the same domain name, you will be invited to bid for the domain name in an online auction similar to those on Trade Me. If you win the auction, the domain will be registered in your name for immediate use; if you lose the auction, you will be refunded your application fee ($65) and any registration fees you have paid ($39 per year of registration).

The “Early Bird” period ends on 30 April 2014, and so too does Dot Kiwi Ltd’s participation in the registration process. Commencing 1 May 2014 the “General Availability” phase will begin where domain name applications will be forwarded by Dot Kiwi Ltd to approved Registrars where they will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis as other domain names are. 

If you want to know more about the .kiwi domain name registration process, or apply to register a .kiwi domain name, please contact us or visit Dot Kiwi Ltd’s website