New Zealand Rugby League has confirmed a 2016 national high performance calendar that includes a camp for NSW and Queensland-based 18s.
The Taurahere programme is designed to identify NZ-eligible players living in Australia and strengthen their loyalty to the black jersey.
Two years ago, a New South Wales-based side swept a two-game series against the NZ 18s in Rotorua.
This year, NZRL will bring the expats into a five-day camp on the Gold Coast in July, culminating in a trial game between the two states.
Other features of the calendar include the Kiwis defence of their Four Nations crown, national tournaments for schools, youth and women and the new-look district-based national senior competition.
At the culmination of the national competition, an NZ Residents side will be selected for a possible encounter with NZ Maori.
Still unconfirmed are fixtures for NZ 16s, NZ 18s and Secondary Schools national sides.
The 2016 NZRL national high performance calendar includes:
NZ Kiwis v Australia, Newcastle, NSW
NZ Kiwi Ferns v Australia, Newcastle, NSW
NZ Junior Kiwis v Junior Kangaroos, Parramatta, NSW
NSW & Queensland Taurahere Camp, Runaway Bay, Gold Coast
NZRL National Performance Camp, Rotorua
August 29-September 2
NZRL National Secondary Schools Tournament, Papakura
National District Premiership & Championship (Round One)
National District Premiership & Championship (Round Two)
NZRL National Women’s Tournament, Rotorua
National District Premiership & Championship (Round Three)
NZRL National Youth Tournament, Rotorua
National District Premiership Grand Final & Promotion/Relegation
NZ Residents Trial, Auckland
NZ Residents Camp, Auckland
NZ Residents v NZ Maori, TBC
NZ Kiwis v Australia, Perth, WA
October 29-November 20
NZ Kiwis at Four Nations, England