The White Ferns have ended a 13-game losing streak to Australia with victory in the third T20 international in Brisbane.
After losing the first two games and the series, the New Zealanders scored a five wicket win after a superb bowling and batting effort from leg spinner Amelia Kerr.
Kerr took 2 for 18 from her four overs as Australia finished on 123 for 7 after being asked to bowl first.
Lea Tahuhu also took two wickets.
New Zealand were cruising in their run chase at 96 for three in the 16th over but looked wobbly after losing Amy Satterthwaite (30 off 25) and Katey Martin (23 off 24) – who shared a 52-run stand – before Kerr stood tall again with a quickfire 18 from 10 balls to get the visitors home with three balls to spare.
The two sides now meet in a three match ODI series starting on Saturday.
Australia have won 18-straight ODIs and can equal the all-time record of 21 consecutive victories held by Ricky Ponting’s side in 2003 with a whitewash.