A workshop at held at InternetNZ on the 28 November in Wellington
saw the formation of a New Zealand IPv6 Steering Group. This group includes
representatives from telecommunications carriers, internet service
vendors, and industry and user associations. The members of this
consist of invited senior representatives from the following organisations:
Telecommunications Carriers Forum
Digital Development Forum
Canterbury Development Corporation
This steering group will primarily be concerned with high level discussion
regarding the deployment of IPv6 within New Zealand. The steering group
will not necessarily be a place where technical discussion takes place.
As with so many things these days, a combination of business and
technical expertise must be bought together to solve a given problem.
To this end at the same workshop a Technical Special Interest Group
(TechSIG) was also established.
The goals of this group are:
. To act as a central point for IPv6 technical discussion within the
New Zealand Internet community.
. To identify to the IPv6 Steering Group any business related barriers
to IPv6 deployment which have been identified by the SIG's
. To comment and provide potential solutions to technical related barriers
identified by members of the IPv6 Steering Group.
. To stimulate the production of relevant technical documentation.
The co-conveners of this group are
A mailing list has been created and membership is open to all interested
parties. Subscription details can be found at the link below;
I would encourage anyone who has an interest in the deployment and growth
of IPv6 to join and contribute to the list.
Please do not feel that this is a 'Networking Specialist Only' list. The
deployment of IPv6 (and depletion of IPv4) has just as significant an
impact on system administrators and content/application providers as it
network administrators. I welcome all technical viewpoints onto the
Thank you for your time.
(Co-convener, IPv6 Steering Group Technical SIG)
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These objects are used to configure the various NZIX route servers
(http://nzix.net/) so you can expect the relevant servers to be reloaded
in the near future. The reloading of the servers is staggered over a
period of time so that if you are peering with both servers at an
exchange, you can maintain at least one BGP session at all times and
consequently a full set of routes.
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Microsoft will release an emergency patch on Wednesday to fix a perilous
software flaw allowing hackers to hijack Internet Explorer browsers and
take over computers.
The US software giant said on Tuesday that in response to "the threat to
customers" it immediately mobilized security engineering teams worldwide
to deliver a software cure "in the unprecedented time of eight days."
According to researchers at software security firm Trend Micro, attacks
based on the vulnerability in the world's most popular Web browser are
spreading "like wildfire" with millions of computers already compromised.
This just came to my attention...
Industry agrees - IPv6 transition plan needed
Media Release - 15 December 2008
Following a workshop convened by the Ministry of Economic Development, major
ICT industry and stakeholder organizations have agreed on the need for New
Zealand to develop a transition plan from IPv4 to IPv6, the next generation
Internet addressing protocol. The transition plan will include education,
and identification and removal of roadblocks to IPv6 deployment.
There is growing urgency for the Internet to support both IPv4 and IPv6,
which together will offer vastly increased resources. More than one million
new devices connect to the Internet every week and the pool of four billion
IPv4 addresses is expected to be exhausted by 2010. IPv6 supports a much
larger pool of addresses, enough to assign an IP address to each grain of
sand in a fine layer covering the entire planet.
Internet advocacy group InternetNZ, a key sponsor of IPv6-related
initiatives in New Zealand, has agreed to provide continued support for
furthering IPv6 as a national industry initiative under the auspices of the
Digital Development Forum. The forum is a multi-stakeholder initiative
designed to promote New Zealand's transition into the digital economy.
The workshop was held on 28 November in Wellington and saw the formation of
an IPv6 Steering Group, which includes representatives from
telecommunications carriers, internet service providers, ICT vendors, and
industry and user associations. A complete list of stakeholder organizations
is included at end of this release.
Telecommunications industry consultant Dr Murray Milner has been confirmed
as independent convenor for the steering group. Milner says IPv6 provides
much more flexibility in allocating addresses, and will allow Internet
growth in New Zealand to keep pace with the expected worldwide trend.
InternetNZ Executive Director Keith Davidson says the initiative is more
than welcomed and indicates increasing recognition that IPv6 deployment will
be a business-critical issue as IPv4 exhaustion looms.
While this is not a Y2K scenario, unless New Zealand has a clear plan for
the introduction of IPv6 then there is an increased risk of Internet black
holes developing. "This may mean that communication via the internet may not
be possible in the near future between parts of New Zealand's IPv4-based
Internet and certain developing countries such as China and India, where
IPv6-only Internet infrastructure is currently being deployed," says ISPANZ
President Jamie Baddeley.
Digital Development Council Executive Director Paul Alexander points out
that it is not time to panic but it is time for the ICT industry to get
organised and reach out to the wider business community to explain the
CEO of the Telecommunications Carrier's Forum Ralph Chivers says that
progress can only be made with a co-coordinated and concerted effort across
the ICT sector to ensure New Zealand has a timely and trouble-free
transition to IPv6.
IPv6 was highlighted in Digital Strategy 2.0, which mirrored the growing
urgency expressed in global ICT technical forums on the need for leadership
amongst key industry stakeholders in transitioning to IPv6.
IPv4 was deployed in the mid 1980's, at a time when billions of Internet
connections were never contemplated. IPv6 has been under development since
the mid 1990's, and currently exists in small pockets around the world.
TUANZ Chief Executive Ernie Newman says that users welcome the initiative
and that TUANZ stands ready to take an active part in educating users once
equipment suppliers and the registry have ensured they are fully prepared
and have clarified the major steps users need to take.
Next steps include development of a technical education plan to stimulate
IPv6 skills in New Zealand's ICT and academic sectors. This will be followed
by development of a roadmap for the deployment of IPv6 for New Zealand and a
business sector outreach programme. A national IPv6 Hui anticipated for
September 2009 is also planned.
For more information contact:
IPv6 Steering Group
027 443 0120
021 377 587
Industry organizations supporting the need for a transition plan to IPv6:
* Telecommunications Carriers Forum
* Digital Development Forum
* FX Networks
* Canterbury Development Corporation
* Juniper Networks
* Alcatel Lucent
At NZNOG09 in January we are intending on trying something a little
new - having a "Vendor Reception" on the Wednesday evening.
This is to give vendors the chance to meet people with glossy pieces
of paper handy, and also to encourage the social aspect of the
conference and networking with industry peers.
The format of this is roughly:
- Vendors/someone wanting to sell something sets up some sort of
stand, table, demo, whatever around a room/pool.
- Vendor swag encouraged.
- Open bar, possibly dinner depending on numbers and budget.
We may do a bit at some point early in the evening where vendors can
stand up and read out a short personals ad - we'll decide how that
goes closer to the time based on how many people are interested in
participating and exhibiting, and other arbitrary criteria we have yet
This will be open to sponsors automagically.
Non-sponsors can participate, and would be asked to contribute to
offset the cost of drinks and food for the evening.
Please contact me on nznog(a)daork.net if you're interested in exhibiting.
 Jonny "Mr Marketing" Martin suggests a bar leaner with a bottle of
some premium liquor.
 Those FX coffee mugs from 2002 or whenever it was were great, I
still use mine but I feel it's time for a change. Hint hint.
 "Short": adjective. An arbitrary period of time in minutes counted
on one hand.
NZNOG09 is being hosted by FX Networks at the Mount Richmond Hotel and
Conference Centre in Mt. Wellington, Auckland from Wednesday 28 to
Friday 30th January, 2009.
Following on from the successful fellowship program offered last year
there will once again be a small number of fellowship packages
available. Fellowships are open to all - employed, unemployed,
The aim of this is to provide assistance to those people that mightn't
otherwise be able to come - but have a lot to offer to, or gain from,
the NZNOG community.
Fellowships will cover conference and tutorial registration fees, and
up to three nights accommodation at the NZNOG venue. Travel
assistance may be considered if applicants are able to provide solid
justification for why it would be needed.
Up to five fellowship packages are being made available.
- Write a few paragraphs explaining why they need a fellowship to
NZNOG'09 and what they hope to get out of it.
- Their employer can't or won't cover them and they're having to cover
costs personally or they're a student / unemployed.
- Demonstrate a history of involvement in some aspect of the NZNOG
community or an intent to become involved, and how attending NZNOG'09
will benefit them.
- Actually attend the NZNOG sessions!
Fellowship prospects will be helped greatly if applicants are
presenting, or intend to present a conference paper, lightning talk,
convene a BOF, or otherwise contribute to the conference.
Submissions will be evaluated by the NZNOG 2008 organising committee.
We need to be satisfied that there is a legitimate need for the
Email your submissions to talks(a)nznog.org - and while you are there,
why not tell us about the talk/lightning talk/BOF you wish to provide...
Closing date for applications Monday 15th December
Successful applicants will be notified by Wednesday 17th December.
I need to go do a spectrum sweep of the venue for NZNOG09, so that we
can figure out what frequencies we can use, and any problems we're
going to run in to.
Is there someone who has one of these in Auckland and can lend it to
me for an afternoon?
Will pay in beer at the conference :-)
With NZNOG just around the corner, I noticed that Air New Zealand
currently has a sale on for domestic travel... including for people who
need to get to Auckland in late January. The sale ends on Wednesday.
It might be worth looking into this if you're coming up to NZNOG - and I
hope you are.
(apols for the somewhat OT post, but I think this will be useful to some)