Reigning Super Rugby champions Highlanders have officially begun their search for a new head coach.
Jamie Joseph will depart the team at the end of the 2016 season to take charge of Japan, a move that was confirmed in January.
On Tuesday, the Highlanders confirmed their intention to "finalise a replacement before the end of the current season".
CEO Roger Clark said: "We are keen to get this process under way now so we are actively seeking expressions of interest over the next month or so with a view to making an appointment mid-year.
"We want to cast the net far and wide and now is the ideal time to be in the market as the Japanese season has concluded and the Northern hemisphere season is drawing to a close.
"We are looking for a quality field to choose from. We are very proud of what we have achieved here already, and we are proud of the environment we have.
"There’s a very strong sense of community in our Highlanders family and we know that it's a fantastic place to live and work. We're looking forward to having someone new add more value to that."
Joseph has led the Highlanders since 2011 and enjoyed the highlight of his reign last July when his team beat the Hurricanes 21-14 in Wellington to claim a maiden Super Rugby title.