New Zealand's national sevens tournament will shift to Tauranga next year following January's tournament in Rotorua, New Zealand Rugby has announced.
The new time slot in December is aimed at boosting the number of top level players available, and aligns the tournament with the high performance programmes of both the All Blacks Sevens and Black Ferns Sevens.
Tauranga Domain will host the tournament for the next three years, beginning in December 2018.
New Zealand Rugby high performance sevens manager Tony Philp said the move was a great chance to get the nation's top sevens players together at one event.
Unions would be able to call on players from their national provincial championship, Heartland, and Farah Palmer Cup campaigns.
"It also provides a platform for selection to the All Blacks Sevens and Black Ferns Sevens for the following world series," Philp said.