Government domain name system (DNS) service — overview
The government manages the allocation of 3rd level domain names for the .govt.nz and .parliament.nz domains. Our domain name system (DNS) service provides a straightforward application process and makes the ongoing management of these domains easy and secure.
Important Update: The government DNS system is changing platforms this April. Find out more about the full timeline, the blackout period for DNS changes, and what agencies should do to prepare.
All .govt.nz and .parliament.nz 3rd level domain names, for example mbie.govt.nz or digital.govt.nz, are managed by the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA).
DIA operates a domain name service on behalf of the government to:
- moderate requests for new domain names against defined eligibility criteria (outlined in the domain name moderation policy)
- help agencies choose domain names
- facilitate the registration process (DIA is the sole registrar for these 3rd level domains)
- enable agencies to manage their domains easily through an online portal.
The service is provided for all central and local government agencies, and all requests should go to the DNS service first.
Using a govt.nz domain name improves the trust and integrity of communications from government.
The government DNS service includes:
- an easy online application process
- access to an online management portal so agencies can self-manage their .govt.nz and .parliament.nz DNS data 24/7
- 2-factor authentication for domain name portal users
- 3 robustly configured government name servers offering fully managed DNSSEC, IPv6 addressing, and 99.999% availability
- registration of domain names in te reo Māori with macronised vowels.
Getting a domain — eligibility
You might need a domain name for a project or initiative, or for a new agency or business unit. A 4th level domain might also meet your needs.
If you think you need a new .govt.nz domain name, please contact us as early as possible in your development process.
We will talk with you about:
- whether your request meets the eligibility criteria for a .govt.nz or .parliament.nz 3rd level domain
- the suitability of potential names, with a focus on balancing your needs and the needs of your users.
DIA liaises with the Association of Local Government Information Managers (ALGIM) and the Parliamentary Service about the naming and eligibility for those domain requests.
Managing your domain
The domain name portal makes it easy to manage your .govt.nz and/or .parliament.nz domain names 24/7. You can:
- manage the zone data for your domain names hosted on the government name servers
- update WHOIS data for all your domain names
- apply for domain names
- renew your domain names
- cancel a domain name.