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About Us

At .kiwi, we're passionate about empowering Kiwi businesses and individuals to carve out their own distinct online identity. Our journey began with a simple yet powerful belief: being Kiwi transcends geographical boundaries; it embodies a spirit of innovation, determination, and pride that resonates globally.

The .kiwi domain isn't just about geographical affiliation; it's about embracing a culture, a mindset, and a legacy. What started as a term of endearment during World War I has evolved into a symbol of ingenuity and excellence. Between 89% and 97% of New Zealand residents proudly identify as Kiwis, and this identity extends far beyond national borders.

As the world's only .kiwi registry approved by ICANN, .kiwi is dedicated to providing a modern, user-friendly platform for Kiwis to establish their online presence. We're proud to offer a fresh alternative to traditional domain options, one that reflects the dynamic and innovative spirit of New Zealand.

.kiwi is more than just a domain registry; we're champions of forward thinking and innovation. While other entities may be bound by bureaucracy and slow-moving policies, we're nimble, market-driven, and focused on fostering creativity. We're committed to providing New Zealanders with a platform to showcase their talents, ideas, and innovations to the world.

The people behind .kiwi

Angus is a Chartered Accountant with a background in Financial and Real Estate Services, having articled with KPMG LLP in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Angus provided Assurance and Tax services primarily for clients in Western Canada, developing a strength in internal controls management and financial reporting. Angus subsequently worked with Scotiabank Global Banking and Markets in Vancouver providing transaction and capital markets advisory services to clients across a diverse range of industries from Forestry to Telecommunications.

Angus Richardson

Director

Hannah Duder, Ngāti Kahungunu, from Ōtautahi Christchurch, New Zealand. 

Driven by her passion for both business and social impact, Hannah studied the University of Canterbury, where she obtained a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree alongside a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) degree. It was during her time at university that she honed her skills and cultivated her entrepreneurial spirit, laying the foundation for her future endeavours.

Founder of two product companies, each driven by innovation and a commitment to sustainability. With a heart dedicated to fostering community growth and empowerment, she has also ventured into the realm of social enterprise.  Hannah is deeply involved in supporting and uplifting Kiwi enterprises, particularly those led by social impact.

Hannah Duder

Director of Operations

Ngāi Tahu - Andrew "Andy" Ellis was born in Christchurch, he has worn the famous All Black test jersey for New Zealand behind the scrum on 26 different occasions with his most recent game being the unforgettable, hard fought 2011 World Rugby Cup Final which cemented the New Zealand All Blacks as the premier rugby team on the planet. Andy has represented the Canterbury provincial senior team 74 times and has 107 super rugby caps for the all conquering Crusaders.

Andy attended Lincoln University where he studied a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture. Alongside his career as a professional rugby player, Andy has kept his hand in at landscape architecture, picking up gold awards on two separate occasions at the prestigious Ellerslie Flower show as well as the supreme award for design. Andy was invited to the Singapore International flower show where he also won gold.

Andy Ellis

Managing Director

Meet the team leading .kiwi with pride, driving innovation and creativity in every aspect of our work.

Our Team

Meet the team leading Dot Kiwi with pride, driving innovation and creativity in every aspect of our work.

Andy Ellis

Managing Director

Andrew "Andy" Ellis was born in Christchurch, he has worn the famous All Black test jersey for New Zealand behind the scrum on 26 different occasions with his most recent game being the unforgettable, hard fought 2011 World Rugby Cup Final which cemented the New Zealand All Blacks as the premier rugby team on the planet. Andy has represented the Canterbury provincial senior team 74 times and has 107 super rugby caps for the all conquering Crusaders.

Andy attended Lincoln University where he studied a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture. Alongside his career as a professional rugby player, Andy has kept his hand in at landscape architecture, picking up gold awards on two separate occasions at the prestigious Ellerslie Flower show as well as the supreme award for design. Andy was invited to the Singapore International flower show where he also won gold.

Hannah Duder

Director of Operations

Hannah Duder, Ngāti Kahungunu, from Ōtautahi Christchurch, New Zealand. 

Driven by her passion for both business and social impact, Hannah studied the University of Canterbury, where she obtained a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree alongside a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) degree. It was during her time at university that she honed her skills and cultivated her entrepreneurial spirit, laying the foundation for her future endeavours.

Founder of two product companies, each driven by innovation and a commitment to sustainability. With a heart dedicated to fostering community growth and empowerment, she has also ventured into the realm of social enterprise.  Hannah is deeply involved in supporting and uplifting Kiwi enterprises, particularly those led by social impact.

Angus Richardson

Director

Angus is a Chartered Accountant with a background in Financial and Real Estate Services, having articled with KPMG LLP in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Angus provided Assurance and Tax services primarily for clients in Western Canada, developing a strength in internal controls management and financial reporting. Angus subsequently worked with Scotiabank Global Banking and Markets in Vancouver providing transaction and capital markets advisory services to clients across a diverse range of industries from Forestry to Telecommunications.

Our Team

Meet the team leading Dot Kiwi with pride, driving innovation and creativity in every aspect of our work.

David Rishworth is a barrister, solicitor and notary public, with his own practice in Auckland. For 37 years, he was a partner and then a consultant in law firm, Bell Gully. From 1992 until 2001 he was actively engaged in undertaking legal work for Asian investors in New Zealand in a wide variety of investments. Then, from 1995 until 2008 he was on the Executive Committee of the ASEAN New Zealand Combined Business council with a particular interest in Indonesia. He continues to represent Asian investors in New Zealand and has a modest business interest in Indonesia. He is also a trustee of the Asia New Zealand Foundation.

David Rishworth

Director

June was born in Christchurch and brought up in a farming community in North Canterbury. She was educated at St. Margaret’s College, an institution that has suffered severe damage as a result of the earthquakes. June travelled extensively prior to moving to Canada in 1975 and has since been involved with her husband Hugh in their various business and other endeavours in New Zealand and Canada. June maintains close contact with family and friends in Christchurch and North Canterbury, and visits at least once per year.

June Richardson

Director

Hugh, an expat from Auckland and a CA by training is currently a director of the Apps Transport Group – an organisation he has worked closely with for the past 10 years. Hugh and his wife June (who is from Christchurch) are directors of a number of private companies operating in New Zealand and western Canada. Mr. Richardson has more than 35 years of financial and operating experience with organisations such as TNT Transport Group and Canada Steamship lines, where he served as General Manager and courier division President, respectively. After leaving the Reimer Group, where he was President of Intercity Truck lines from 1987, he formed a family holding company that contracted services to the Intermodal Division of CN Rail. He subsequently sold this operation to CN after CN launched its IPO in 1996.

Later that year, Mr. Richardson was part of a Canadian-led solid waste environmental initiative to Malaysia as a senior consultant for inter-modal and collection activities. On returning to Canada in 1998, he began working with the Apps Transport Group after his family holding company acquired a significant interest in the western operating company. Together with his wife June, both are directors of a number of private companies operating in New Zealand and western Canada.

Hugh Richardson

Chairman

Peter is immediate past Chairman of Top Level Domain Holdings (AIM: TLDH.L), a company dedicated to managing a portfolio of new generic Top Level Domains. Before joining the company, he was Chairman of the Board of Directors of ICANN, and in that role managed the process that resulted in the historic decision to launch the new gTLD programme in June 2011. He has been actively involved in international policy development and Internet governance since 1995 and is a regular media commentator on Internet issues. Peter is a past Chairman of InternetNZ and of the Asia Pacific Top Level Domain Association.

A barrister and registered patent attorney specialising in intellectual property matters, Peter is Chairman of the New Zealand Electricity Rulings Panel and a member of the New Zealand Copyright Tribunal.He is also on the board of directors of Paycasso Verify Ltd, a London-based company specialising in on-line identity authentication and verification, using patented facial recognition technology.

Peter Dengate Thrush

Director

The Board

Meet our Board, a passionate group dedicated to advancing New Zealand's digital presence and fostering growth within our community.

The Board

Meet our Board, a passionate group dedicated to advancing New Zealand's digital presence and fostering growth within our community.

June was born in Christchurch and brought up in a farming community in North Canterbury. She was educated at St. Margaret’s College, an institution that has suffered severe damage as a result of the earthquakes. June travelled extensively prior to moving to Canada in 1975 and has since been involved with her husband Hugh in their various business and other endeavours in New Zealand and Canada. June maintains close contact with family and friends in Christchurch and North Canterbury, and visits at least once per year.

June Richardson

Director

David Rishworth is a barrister, solicitor and notary public, with his own practice in Auckland. For 37 years, he was a partner and then a consultant in law firm, Bell Gully. From 1992 until 2001 he was actively engaged in undertaking legal work for Asian investors in New Zealand in a wide variety of investments. Then, from 1995 until 2008 he was on the Executive Committee of the ASEAN New Zealand Combined Business council with a particular interest in Indonesia. He continues to represent Asian investors in New Zealand and has a modest business interest in Indonesia. He is also a trustee of the Asia New Zealand Foundation.

David Rishworth

Director

Hugh, an expat from Auckland and a CA by training is currently a director of the Apps Transport Group – an organisation he has worked closely with for the past 10 years. Hugh and his wife June (who is from Christchurch) are directors of a number of private companies operating in New Zealand and western Canada. Mr. Richardson has more than 35 years of financial and operating experience with organisations such as TNT Transport Group and Canada Steamship lines, where he served as General Manager and courier division President, respectively. After leaving the Reimer Group, where he was President of Intercity Truck lines from 1987, he formed a family holding company that contracted services to the Intermodal Division of CN Rail. He subsequently sold this operation to CN after CN launched its IPO in 1996.

Later that year, Mr. Richardson was part of a Canadian-led solid waste environmental initiative to Malaysia as a senior consultant for inter-modal and collection activities. On returning to Canada in 1998, he began working with the Apps Transport Group after his family holding company acquired a significant interest in the western operating company. Together with his wife June, both are directors of a number of private companies operating in New Zealand and western Canada.

Hugh Richardson

Chairman

Peter is immediate past Chairman of Top Level Domain Holdings (AIM: TLDH.L), a company dedicated to managing a portfolio of new generic Top Level Domains. Before joining the company, he was Chairman of the Board of Directors of ICANN, and in that role managed the process that resulted in the historic decision to launch the new gTLD programme in June 2011. He has been actively involved in international policy development and Internet governance since 1995 and is a regular media commentator on Internet issues. Peter is a past Chairman of InternetNZ and of the Asia Pacific Top Level Domain Association.

A barrister and registered patent attorney specialising in intellectual property matters, Peter is Chairman of the New Zealand Electricity Rulings Panel and a member of the New Zealand Copyright Tribunal.He is also on the board of directors of Paycasso Verify Ltd, a London-based company specialising in on-line identity authentication and verification, using patented facial recognition technology.

Peter Dengate Thrush

Director

Andy Ellis

Managing Director

Andrew "Andy" Ellis was born in Christchurch, he has worn the famous All Black test jersey for New Zealand behind the scrum on 26 different occasions with his most recent game being the unforgettable, hard fought 2011 World Rugby Cup Final which cemented the New Zealand All Blacks as the premier rugby team on the planet. Andy has represented the Canterbury provincial senior team 74 times and has 107 super rugby caps for the all conquering Crusaders.

Andy attended Lincoln University where he studied a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture. Alongside his career as a professional rugby player, Andy has kept his hand in at landscape architecture, picking up gold awards on two separate occasions at the prestigious Ellerslie Flower show as well as the supreme award for design. Andy was invited to the Singapore International flower show where he also won gold.

Hannah Duder

Director of Operations

Hannah Duder, Ngāti Kahungunu, from Ōtautahi Christchurch, New Zealand. 

Driven by her passion for both business and social impact, Hannah studied the University of Canterbury, where she obtained a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree alongside a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) degree. It was during her time at university that she honed her skills and cultivated her entrepreneurial spirit, laying the foundation for her future endeavours.

Founder of two product companies, each driven by innovation and a commitment to sustainability. With a heart dedicated to fostering community growth and empowerment, she has also ventured into the realm of social enterprise.  Hannah is deeply involved in supporting and uplifting Kiwi enterprises, particularly those led by social impact.

Angus Richardson

Director

Angus is a Chartered Accountant with a background in Financial and Real Estate Services, having articled with KPMG LLP in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Angus provided Assurance and Tax services primarily for clients in Western Canada, developing a strength in internal controls management and financial reporting. Angus subsequently worked with Scotiabank Global Banking and Markets in Vancouver providing transaction and capital markets advisory services to clients across a diverse range of industries from Forestry to Telecommunications.

Our Team

Meet the team leading Dot Kiwi with pride, driving innovation and creativity in every aspect of our work.

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