Renew or cancel a domain name
The Department of Internal Affairs automatically renews all domain names every 12 months. You can cancel domain names that are no longer needed.
Renewing domain names
The Department of Internal Affairs automatically renews all domain names for 12 months on the anniversary of their original registration.
However, we encourage agencies to take a long-term, strategic and user-centred approach to their use of domain names. This will help manage the number of individual domain names held by government and the impact this has on maintenance of the .govt.nz name space and New Zealanders' ability to find government information.
When the Department automatically renews your domain name, the Portal will prompt you to 'Acknowledge Renew'. This is an opportunity for agencies to consider whether a name is still needed or should be cancelled.
Cancelling domain names
You can use the Portal to cancel a domain name that is no longer needed.
When a domain is cancelled it will have a status of 'Pending Release' for 90 days.
- During this time the name can be 'uncancelled' if required.
- After this time, it does not automatically become available for other agencies to use. Another agency will have to apply to the Moderator for the name through a business case.