Two tries from Kangaroos centre Greg Inglis has helped Australia see off a willing Kiwis outfit 26-6 in a Four Nations warm-up Test at Perth's nib Stadium.
Australia left new Kiwis coach David Kidwell with plenty of work to do ahead of the Four Nations in a fortnight's time, with Inglis securing his 30th try for Australia in front of a 20,000-strong crowd.
Kiwis prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves made his presence known in the first three minutes of his Test return by hitting five-eighth Johnathan Thurston across the face, and putting his immediate Four Nations future in limbo.
The Kangaroos scored the game's first try in the eighth minute when fullback Darius Boyd made cannon fodder of new centre-wing combination Shaun Kenny-Dowall and Jordan Rapana.
Inglis was the Kangaroos' next try scorer in the 14th minute when a Valentine Holmes kick deflected off the head of Kiwis fullback Jordan Kahu and into Inglis's arms to give the hosts an early 8-0 lead.
New Zealand halfback Shaun Johnson kicked into gear midway through the first half when a short ball put back-rower Kevin Proctor over for the Kiwis' first try.
While a spirited effort from both sides followed for the remainder of the first stanza, the score remained unchanged at 8-6 by half-time.
It didn't take long for the Kangaroos to stretch ahead once again in the second half when Holmes scored in the 43rd minute after the home side capitalised immediately from another Kenny-Dowall error.
The Kangaroos put the result beyond doubt when Inglis scored his second try in the 68th minute. A grubber from dummy half by skipper Cameron Smith rebounded favourably off Inglis's legs, allowing him to simply fall on the ball over the white stripe.
Kiwis debutant – and perhaps his team's best – Solomone Kata looked to give New Zealand a sniff in the final six minutes but he was ruled to be offside by the bunker.
Kangaroos back-rower Boyd Cordner put the icing on the cake after a strong individual performance with a four-pointer at the death when he bullocked his way past Johnson and Kenny-Dowall.
Australia 26 (Greg Inglis 2, Darius Boyd, Valentine Holmes, Boyd Cordner tries; Johnathan Thurston 3 goals) defeated New Zealand 6 (Kevin Proctor try; Issac Luke goal) at nib Stadium. Crowd: 20,283. Half-time: Kangaroos 8-0.