Government domain name system (DNS) service
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 domain names easy and secure.
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) on behalf of the government.
The service includes:
- moderating requests for new domain names against defined eligibility criteria — outlined in the domain name moderation policy
- helping agencies choose domain names
- facilitating the registration process — DIA is the sole registrar for these 3rd level domain names
- enabling agencies to manage their domain names easily through an online portal.
The service is provided for all central and local government agencies. 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 DNS data 24/7
- 2-factor authentication for domain name portal users
- 5 robustly configured government name servers offering fully managed DNSSEC, IPv6 addressing, and 99.999% availability
- registration of domain names in te reo Maori 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, contact us as early as possible in your website development process.
We'll 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 domain names 24/7. You can:
- apply for a domain name
- manage the zone data for your domain names hosted on the government name servers
- update WHOIS data for all your domain names
- renew your domain names
- cancel a domain name.