An unbeaten century from Amy Satterthwaite has given the White Ferns a five wicket victory over Australia in the first of three one day internationals in Auckland.
Satterthwaite, the number three batsman and player of the match, top scored with 102, bringing up her century from 113 balls on Eden Park's outer oval.
In a thrilling finish, Anna Peterson (8) scored the winning runs with a boundary through third man with five balls remaining in the match.
The New Zealand innings was set up by captain Suzie Bates, the world one-day and T20 player of the year, who opened with a score of 55.
"When Amy is out in the middle you know that you're in safe hands," Bates told Sky Sport.
"I thought that innings today was outstanding and probably one of her best for New Zealand when we really needed it."
Sattertwaite admitted she was battling cramp as she guided her team to victory.
"The body is looking forward to an ice bath," she said.
"I had a bit of a slow start and knew that I had to bat deep, but the way that those girls batted (Katey Martin 43, Katie Perkins 29) allowed me to keep going."
Australia were 275 all out in the 49th over, after choosing to bat first.
Their opener Beth Mooney scored her maiden one-day century in the 44th over from 122 deliveries.
Rachael Haynes and Elyse Villani each scored 50 for Australia as the White Ferns seamer, Lea Tahuhu took four wickets for 59 runs off ten overs.
Teammate Holly Huddlestone took 3 for 46 off 8.4.
The two teams recently played a three match T20 series in Australia, which New Zealand won 2-1.
The next two games of the Rose Bowl series on March 2 and 5 in Mount Maunganui are not scheduled to be televised.