WLG-IX off to a Great Start!

Starting with the soft launch on Friday 1st October 2021, followed by the beginning of the twelve-month free period, the new Wellington IX has been off to a great start! With two PoP’s located at Xtreme DC and Spark Wellington Central Exchange, the IX set a record of 1.5Gbps of traffic.

We look forward to seeing the continued growth of the IX, so If you or someone you know would like to get connected in Wellington, please get in touch with us at

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Last year the network had a workout smashing previous records on both AKL-IX and CHC-IX. Our network ran seamlessly with many people working from home; keeping people and businesses connected.

Auckland hit a max speed of 361.1Gbps on Monday 23rd August 2021, followed by Christchurch hitting a max speed of 9.4Gbps on Monday 30th August 2021. Joining the network in October, WLG-IX set a record speed of 1.5Gbps on Tuesday 28th December 2021.




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It’s more great news for NZIX members!

Our engineers have made some adjustments to the Route Servers across the network and are now permitting third party content caches supplied by other members via BGP communities.

If your network wants to offer content caches on the IX get in touch with us at!

To start things off we welcome the following third-party content cache but we need your help to grow this list!:

  • CHC-IX: Netflix via VocusGroup New Zealand (AS9790) – use the community 63830:40027

As a Christmas present our member Trustpower started announcing their Auckland Steam cache for all Members on AKL-IX to enjoy instead of opt-in communities!  Big thanks to Trustpower for letting all peers of AKL-IX to enjoy speedy Steam downloads!

To ensure you are getting the most out of the IX, please see the peering technical page for the list of community strings supported by NZIX.

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The New Zealand Internet Exchange Inc (NZIX) is proud to announce the official launch of the Wellington IX (WLG-IX), an exchange point enabling connection between NZIX members nationally for local peering.

The new IX will enable members to exchange local traffic in two locations Xtreme DC and Spark Wellington Central Exchange.

“Internet Exchange Points are vital to improving efficiency to neighbouring networks, and with the opening of WLG-IX, New Zealanders will benefit from another point of interconnect for cost-effective, high bandwidth and low latency connectivity to other provider and content networks” Chris Browning, NZIX Chair said today. “This exchange is a key component to what the Society would like to achieve for New Zealand’s Internet.”

“The Society identified the need for an exchange point in Wellington. Being our nation’s capital, it is home to Parliament and many other government agencies and businesses” explains NZIX Treasurer, Dave Mill. “The initial uptake is very promising.”

The twelve-month free period begins Monday, November 1, 2021, for all NZIX members.

The Society currently operates eight points of presence across Auckland IX (AKL-IX), Christchurch IX (CHC-IX) and Wellington (WLG-IX) with the Internet Association of Australia Ltd (IAA) providing underlying network support operations.

More information about WLG-IX can be found on the NZIX website.

About the New Zealand Internet Exchange Inc.

The New Zealand Internet Exchange is a member-based society representing the Internet community. Founded in 2016, NZIX runs the largest internet exchange network in New Zealand servicing businesses, government and internet content and service providers on a not-for-profit, carrier neutral basis. NZIX members comprises large bookshops to application service providers and your neighbourhood retail internet service provider.

NZIX hosts the annual NZNOG network operators group event.

For more information about the New Zealand Internet Exchange see

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During the month of August, as lockdown commenced, the traffic through the exchanges started soaring. Incredibly, both AKL-IX and CHC-IX hit new records, with AKL-IX peaking at 341Gbps with plenty of room to spare.

The peaks have continued throughout lockdown, with weekday highs ranging between low to mid 300Gbps. We could not be more proud of our network as it continues to carry that amount of traffic without breaking a sweat!

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Earlier this month, as a thank you to all our fantastic members, we sent out our custom NZIX masks. With the recent mask mandates here in New Zealand, your mask will definitely be put to good use. Made from milk fibre and cotton material with PM2.5 filters, they are comfortable, breathable, and definitely one of the better-looking masks out there!

If any of our members would like additional masks, please email us and we’ll see what we can do.

We hope you enjoy your mask (but not for too long!), and if you feel like sharing, take a mask mugshot and send it in to us at

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The plan to launch the much-anticipated WLG-IX was unfortunately pushed back due to lockdown restrictions affecting important work needed to get the new IX up and running. We would thank all the members who have pre-ordered their services and are now waiting patiently for the impending launch.

We are pleased to announce the soft launch of WLG-IX on Friday, October 1, 2021, and advise that we will be accepting cross connect orders from this date. The twelve-month free period will commence shortly after on Monday, November 1, 2021.

We would like to remind all members that you can pre-order your services through the members portal, or if you would like to speak with one of our team to find out more, please get in touch with us at

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After the last NZIX AGM, our membership discussed a decline of incoming talent and an aging incumbent population. It was noted that the membership believed tertiary education institutions were not currently teaching the skills needed for the field, and historically, people learned by making mistakes on residential ISP’s. Unfortunately, the tolerance around faults has reduced in recent years, and all ISP’s, residential and business alike, strive for the best uptimes.

NZIX finds itself in an interesting position as a well-connected organisation within New Zealand with relationships with some LFC’s, many RSP’s as well as some CDN’s/Clouds, as well as being a neutral not-for-profit with capital to invest in initiatives that will better New Zealand’s Internet.

We are proposing to build an educational environment connected to actual, full table transit, real Internet Exchanges, and participating LFC’s. Users of the environment will be able to deploy switches, routers, and Linux containers to construct a working ISP. Further, users will be able to connect to VISP at their homes/offices using standard UFB connections as ‘customers’ of the ISP they build or adapt.

The initial target of the educational environment is the NZIX membership, with longer-term potential relationships being developed with tertiary education providers. If all goes well, we could also extend the learning to high school students online or within schools via the NZCA unit standard.

We are very excited about this prospective project and what this would mean for the future of our Internet; however, please keep in mind that we are in the beginning stages of speaking with vendors and testing the general viability of the project. Rest assured, we will keep you up-to-date with the project as developments happen.

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Earlier this year, the NZIX committee reviewed the current Society rules and after seeking advice from their legal team, have proposed a number of special resolutions to rectify timing issues regarding the draft audited financials being produced in time for the Annual General Meeting.

In May 2021 the NZIX Committee passed a motion to support a set of Society rule changes that not only addressed these issues, but also looked to reduce the Internet Association of Australia’s current oversight and reflect their name change from WAIA to IAA.

The proposed rule changes were circulated to members on 19 May 2021 as part of the 2021 AGM official notice in addition to a Member letter from Chair, Chris Browning, letter explaining the rationale behind these changes. As per the current rules, these changes were presented at the 2021 AGM and voted on at both the in-person event and virtually via Zoom. The motion to accept these changes was put forward by Chris Browning and passed with 11 yes votes in the room and 4 yes votes via Zoom. There were no objections recorded and a required 10 yes votes needed, the motion passed. 

The updated NZIX Society rules are now available to view or download from the website.

NZIX would like to thank all Members who helped get the rule changes executed.

If you require any of the rule change documentation or have any questions pertaining to them, please email

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Thank you to all who attended the Annual General Meeting either in person or online, it was a great evening.

Welcome and Chair’s Report

The AGM kicked off with Chris Browning delivering a welcome followed by the Chair’s report. The report provided an overview of the Society in 2021, a brief mention of what’s to come in 2022, a timely reminder of why the Society exists, and finished off with a brief overview of the internet exchanges.

Treasurer’s Report

Dave Mill provided an overview of the Society’s financial position, change of auditor and an expense breakdown. To obtain a copy of the draft financial statement or audit report please email your request to

Secretary’s Report

Tom Paseka provided an overview of our growth in 2021, reporting a 2.12% increase in membership numbers with a total of 96 members. There is also an updated Privacy Policy, Travel Policy and Master Service Agreement (MSA) that allows the Society to work more freely with international companies.

Technical Report

Chris Browning provided an overview of the IX’s across the country. Although the much anticipated WLG-IX is yet to go live, there is much excitement over the expansion of the Society’s peering footprint.

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