More than 100 overseas shearers and woolhandlers are expected to compete in events in three weekend events, heading into the Golden Shears and World Championships which start in Masterton on Wednesday.
They start on Friday with the Taumarunui Jamboree Shears in the King Country.
The buildup will gather momentum through the Apiti Sports Shears in Northern Manawatu on Saturday and on Sunday with the Pahiatua Shears and the Pre-Shears Woolhandling Championships at Massey University's Riversdale Farm.
Competitors will include many members of the teams from 25 countries that will compete in the World Championships.
The Golden Shears will include six World championships events in machine shearing, woolhandling and blade shearing, along with more than 20 other events held each year at the Shears.