The Black Caps’ weaknesses have been exposed again, going down by 86 runs to Australia at the Cricket World Cup at Lord’s.
Batting first Australia made 243 off their 50 overs, in a rematch of the 2015 World Cup final.
In reply, New Zealand were all out for 157 in the 44th over, with skipper Kane Williamson top scoring with 40.
New Zealand’s openers again failed to fire. Henry Nicholls, who was selected ahead of the under-performing Colin Munro, was out for 8.
Martin Guptill made a bright start, but got out for 20.
When Ross Taylor departed for 30, no other batsman offered any real resistance.
Mitchell Starc finished up with a five wicket haul.
Despite losing their last two games the Black Caps are still likely to make the semi-finals.
Earlier, New Zealand quick Trent Boult took a last-over hat-trick, after Usman Khawaja helped Australia recover from early trouble.
After Australia fell to 92 for 5, Khawaja steadied the innings with 88 and combined in a century stand with Alex Carey who hit 71.
But it was then Boult made his mark, bowling Khawaja in the final over of the innings before repeating the dosage on Mitchell Starc before trapping Jason Behrendorff lbw.
It was Boult’s second one-day hat-trick, New Zealand’s fourth and the first by a Black Cap in a World Cup as he finished with 4-51.
But New Zealand could have piled on more pressure had they held their chances.
They took two brilliant catches to remove Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell but also grassed a crucial opportunity to remove Usman Khawaja early.
Australia remain top of the points table.