FamilyFirst.org.nz is anti-gay marriage group with views regarded as despicable by a decent part of New Zealand society. Their website used to be hosted at familyfirst.co.nz, and until recently was redirected from that address.
I regard this as an asshat move, especially as 200 people an hour apparently were being redirected, although many of them no doubt were simply confirming the story. I strongly condemn the message of the Family First group, but also strongly support their right to say whatever it is they want to (provided it is not inciting violence or hate-speech).
So in the spirit of fairness I just purchased marriageequality.org.nz and redirected it to familyfirst.org.nz. It hasn’t come though yet (and probably won’t for about a day), and I’m only doing this as a cheap way to show that this sort of thing is asinine. I will re-direct the domain to this post eventually, or redirect or hand it to Marriage Equality if they ask nicely, and let it expire otherwise.
<Update: Marriage Equality asked nicely, and I redirected the url to marriageequality.co.nz. In all the redirection to FF lasted an hour or two at most. The point was made. >
This stuff can go on infinitely, and I suggest that Hamish does the right thing – and offers the domain back to Family First.
Hamish should also look to his own affairs before entering into this sort of battle. It’s actually amazing that as I write both the .co.nz and .com versions of his own name are available – he should snap them up. I use IWantMyName.co.nz, and highly recommend them for very simple and straightforward domain purchasing and management.