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Dotcom wants to list company on NZX

Sarah Robson

Kim Dotcom says he wants to list the company behind his new website on the New Zealand stock exchange.

Dotcom's new "legal" cloud storage website, Mega, went live at 6.48am on Sunday, about the same time as the dramatic police raid on his Coatesville mansion got underway a year ago.

To celebrate the new website's launch, Dotcom hosted about 200 invited guests and media at a party and press conference at the mansion, north of Auckland.

Dotcom, speaking from a stage constructed on the forecourt of his home, told the crowd more than one million people had visited Mega within 14 hours of the site's launch and about 500,000 had registered as users.

"What we are offering is a smarter, faster and more secure way of cloud storage and we are fully assured by our legal team that we are in compliance with the law," he said.

Dotcom expects Mega to be a "very successful business venture".

"We are going to be an important company, we're going to innovate and create new tools over the coming months and years," he said.

"Ultimately, we hope to list our company at the New Zealand stock exchange."

Dotcom also committed to growing the business in New Zealand.

"We want to hire staff here in New Zealand, we are a New Zealand company," he said.

"Over the coming years we expect to hopefully create a few hundred jobs."

The press conference, which was also streamed online, included a re-enactment of the police raid in which Dotcom and three others were arrested, with men repelling down the sides of the house and a helicopter, with FBI emblazoned on the side, flying over the crowd.

Dotcom and his co-accused are still awaiting a court hearing to determine whether they will be extradited to the United States to face charges of copyright infringement, racketeering and money laundering in relation to the file-sharing website Megaupload.

The extradition hearing, which has been delayed several times, is expected to take four weeks and is set down for August.