Registry Concepts

Domain name life cycle

  • Redemption period (redemptionPeriod) - The grace period (90 days) following the deletion of a domain name from the Registry. During this period, the domain name no longer resolves and cannot be renewed but the Registrar has the option to use the restore command to return the domain name to the registered state.


The 90 day duration of redemptionPeriod is greater than the ICANN standard of 30 days

  • Pending delete (pendingDelete) - A successful Domain Delete request transitions a domain object into pending delete state within the Registry. (A domain name that has been deleted transitions from registered, to redemption, and then to pending delete.) In the pending delete state, the domain name cannot be renewed or restored under any circumstances and is in the process of being removed from the Registry database to become available when the period ends.


pending delete is a lifecycle state and a domain server status. When a domain is deleted it goes into the redemption period life cycle state and is assigned a server status of pendingDelete. When a domain has completed the redemption period it goes into the pending delete life cycle state and has a server status of pendingDelete until the domain is made available.

  • Transfer Period (transferPeriod) - This grace period is provided after the successful transfer of a domain name from one registrar to another.


There is no charge for the cost of a transfer of a .nz domain name.

This grace period is set to 0 days.

A renewal fee will be charged if the term of .nz domain name has been extended as part of a transfer from one Registrar to another however the Renewal Grace Period will not apply. This means if the domain is deleted immediately after the transfer there will be no refund on the renewal fee.


Compliance lock

The Domain Name Commission have a complaints and disputes process to help improve the safety of the .nz space. In some cases an investigation may be required to resolve a complaint or dispute. Part of the DNC investigation process may lead to the locking of a domain name and it’s associated contacts. This lock is called a compliance lock. A compliance locked domain cannot be transferred (registrar or registrant), cancelled or released, and the registration details cannot be modified.

Registrars will be notified of the lock/unlock by poll messages which are accessible via EPP and the IRS portal. Example messages:

  • Domain has been locked and all associated contacts have been copied and locked. Changes are not allowed. Contact the registry/regulator for questions.

  • Domain has been unlocked. Changes are now allowed. Contact the registry/regulator for questions.