Martin Guptil's third one-day century helped New Zealand defeat a lackluster England and take a 1-0 lead in the three match one-day series following a five-wicket win at Lord's.
After Jonathan Trott (37) top scored in a sub-par total of 227, James Anderson had given England hope with two wickets in the first over of New Zealand's reply.
But the tourists stayed calm and after Ross Taylor (54) steadied the ship, Guptil went on to play the anchor with an unbeaten 103, including the winning runs with three overs remaining to avenge the 2-0 defeat in the test series.
With Stuart Broad and Steven Finn absent due to injury, England got off to a shoddy start with the bat after losing the toss with both openers Ian Bell (18) and captain Alastair Cook (30) being dismissed in tame fashion off Tim Southee.
Trott and Joe Root (30) guided England past three figures, but the latter was bowled by Nathan McCullum, who also did for his partner as the No.3 played an uncharacteristic drive into the air for Ross Taylor to catch.
Eoin Morgan (6) went in the very next over after he failed to pull out of a hook off a Mitchell McClenaghan bouncer, giving Luke Ronchi the simplest of catches.
Joss Buttler made just 14 before he reversed swept straight to Kane Williamson at point and Chris Woakes (36), filling in for the injury Broad, skied Kyle Mills after a late cameo.
And a dismal batting display ended when Bresnan (25) was bowled by Southee and Graeme Swann (15) smashed straight down McCullum's throat leaving the home side with 227 to defend.
Anderson gave England the perfect start with two wickets in the opening over as Ronchi (0) edged to Swann and Williamson (0) found the gloves of Buttler.
But Guptil and Taylor steadied the ship, putting on 120 for the third wicket before an inside edge from the New Zealand middle-order batsman off Anderson ended his innings prematurely.
Grant Elliot made 27 from 43 balls before Swann found some turn to leave the Blacks Cats four down and when captain McCullum (5) found Morgan in the deep off Jade Dernbach, England sensed a late win.
But New Zealand were able to secure a 1-0 lead in the three match series as Guptil snatched his third one-day century to lead his side home with 19 balls to spare.