Domain Name System (DNS) Service

The Domain Name System (DNS) Service service provides for the moderation, registration, and management of and domain names for central and local government.

Status Operational

Agency Contact

Department of Internal Affairs ICT Moderator +64 4 495 7200

Service Description

The DNS Service provides for the moderation, registration, and management of and domain names for central and local government agencies.

The Service includes:

  • Moderation of applications for new domain names
  • Domain name and DNS data self-service management portal available 24/7
  • Automatic renewal of domain names (at no cost to registrants)
  • Name server hosting (optional and at no cost to registrants)
  • Enhanced security for the public with DNSSEC (requires use of government name servers)
  • The use of IPv4 and IPv6 addresses
  • Ability to register Māori domain names with macronised vowels

The Department of Internal Affairs is the sole registrar for and domain names.

Service URL


The DNS Service enables central and local government agencies to self-manage their and DNS data through an online management portal available 24/7.

Specific benefits include:

  • Online domain name application form and moderation process
  • Two-factor authentication for DNS management portal users
  • Three 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.

Lead Agency

Department of Internal Affairs

Adopting the service

The name space is reserved for statutory entities and Government programme, including the Public Service, Crown Entities, local authorities and a variety of other bodies with statutory responsibilities. This does not include State Owned Enterprises and may not include some Local Authority Trading Enterprises (LATEs).

Eligible organisations that would like to register a domain name must submit their application through the DNS Service management portal, but are encouraged to contact the ICT Moderator beforehand.

Organisations with existing or domain names can use the DNS Service management portal to:

  • keep their registrant, administrative, and technical contact information up to date,
  • set the name server delegation for all their or .parliament domain names and,
  • add or modify DNS zone data for their domain names hosted on the government name servers.

Lead Agency Agreement summary

  • Managed Service
  • All of Government

Lead Agency Agreement details

Supplier Information

Modica Group Ltd.

DNS infrastructure and management services.