The Black Caps are chasing a rain-adjusted total of 266 runs from 45 overs to beat Australia in the second Chappell-Hadlee one day cricket international at Eden Park in Auckland.
Opener Brendan McCullum made 24 off 16 balls before being caught by keeper Brad Haddin off the bowling of Mitchell Johnson.
Peter Ingram made 14 but fell lbw to Ryan Harris, and Neil Broom suffered the same fate on the next ball.
James Franklin, batting with a runner, made 2 and was caught by Brad Haddin off Johnson.
Scott Styris joined Martin Guptil to steady the innings, then Guptil fell for 18 to Shane Watson, leaving the Black Caps on 91 for 5 after 17 overs.
Earlier, the Australians made 273 for 7.
Michael Hussey top-scored for the visitors, making 56 off 63 balls.
With figures of 2 for 42, and 2 for 43, Shane Bond and captain Dan Vettori were the best of the New Zealand bowlers.