True Kiwi domain name tentatively set to launch near end of year

Photo credit; Nick Kean on Flickr

Photo credit; Nick Kean on Flickr

The Kiwiest of domain names is getting ready to take flight in December and it’s the Kiwiest because it is literally .kiwi.

Christchurch-born Tim Johnson, head of Dot Kiwi, first had the idea for the domain name about two-and-a-half years ago.

When .kiwi launches – hopefully in December – it will be the first top level domain outside of to get approval from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers with a truly Kiwi feel.

“Running a new domain name is a really big responsibility, we had to meet a lot of criteria,” Johnson says.

For about $39 businesses and individuals will be able to claim email addresses and websites with .kiwi instead of

A percentage of Dot Kiwi’s revenue from the sale of .kiwi domains will be donated to the Dot Kiwi Christchurch Trust.

Johnson, a marketing executive, said Dot Kiwi was born from a desire to set up a company that would have the longevity to pump funds into the local community.

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