I have been running a whois server on whois.patho.gen.nz for some
time; this server was running before the Waikato-supplied
whois.domainz.net.nz was made available, and presents its output in a
ripe-181 compatible format, as per the current ISOCNZ policy on whois
for NZ. [whois.domainz.net.nz uses a private format, presumably
invented by Domainz].
whois.patho.gen.nz is a service that I run for free, and which, since
12 March, has attracted an average of just under 240 queries per day
from all round the world. I hear the Waikato-run whois.domainz.net.nz
receives a similar number of hits.
It's very small and simple, and essentially retrieves a page of HTML
from a UoW-supplied server using HTTP, and re-formats the data as
ripe-181 to be presented via whois.
When the Waikato system is turned down next month, whois.patho.gen.nz
will stop working. The new system does not include provision for a
whois service of any kind -- hence, at this time there will be no
whois service for the NZ ccTLD. Anyone who currently depends on
whois.domainz.net.nz, whois.patho.gen.nz or nz.whois-servers.net
(which is a CNAME for tardis.patho.gen.nz) should investigate other
means of obtaining access to the register.
Note that I would be more than happy to modify whois.patho.gen.nz to
provide continued service if someone from Domainz or Glazier could
give me some pointers as to how I can pull the same information
currently available at
from the new system.