Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph has re-signed with the franchise for two years.
The 42-year-old former All Black and Otago representative took up the role in 2010 following coaching stints with the New Zealand Maori and Wellington Lions.
Highlanders general manager Roger Clark said they were excited about the opportunity to continue working with Joseph.
"Having Jamie re-sign for another two years is a great result for the Highlanders and this will allow the franchise to build on the outstanding progress made since his arrival.
"He has added so much value to the team and business over the past two seasons, and he'll be a central part of our next two seasons."
Joseph said with just two seasons under his belt and no playoff appearances, he had plenty of unfinished business.
"We've made some real progress over the last couple of seasons, and I want to remain because I have my sights on a very clear goal - to take the Highlanders to a Super Rugby final," he said.
The Highlanders finished eighth in 2010 and currently sit in ninth with the team on a bye in the last week of the regular season.
The team has a 9-7 win-loss record this season which includes early-season wins against the Chiefs, Crusaders and Hurricanes - all New Zealand teams still in contention for the playoffs.
- Fairfax Media
What winning margin and team are you tipping for the Super Rugby final?