The All Blacks have overcome the heat and a spirited home side to beat Manu Samoa 25-16 in today's historic rugby test match in Apia.
The visitors led 12-3 at half time.
Both sides scored one try with George Moala touching down for the All Blacks, while Dan Carter kicked the conversion and six penalties.
It is the lowest score by New Zealand in a test against Samoa, while the nine points is their smallest margin.
It was a typical first-up performance by the All Blacks, who struggled in the conditions and against a determined home side.
The New Zealanders were inaccurate in a number of areas, especially with ball handling.
Dan Carter's successful goal kicking allowed the All Blacks to build scoreboard pressure in a tight first half before he produced a pinpoint cross kick for winger George Moala to score a try on debut to open a 19-3 lead after half-time.
Samoa flyhalf Tusi Pisi slotted nine points for the home side, who put the All Blacks under pressure in the second half to get back to 22-16 after Alafoti Fa'osiliva's try following two storming runs up the middle of the park.
The All Blacks appear to have got through the game without any injury concerns.
All four debutants got time for the All Blacks: George Moala started, while prop Nepo Laulala, halfback Brad Weber and centre Charlie Ngatai came off the bench.
It is the first time the All Blacks have played a test in Samoa.
A capacity crowd of 8104 watched the game at Apia Park.