The Black Sticks women won 1-0 against South Africa last night at the Four Nations Tournament in Bremen, Germany.
Midfielder Sam Harrison scored in the 19th minute with a well-taken shot from an acute angle that saw the ball go straight to the back of the net.
National coach Mark Hager said it was pleasing to have another win and see his side put in a good solid performance.
South Africa played well, with 15 shots on goal and four penalty corners throughout the game, but the Black Sticks defence held strong and their 12th-ranked opponents were unable to convert.
Standout players from today's game were goalkeeper Sally Rutherford and co-captain Emily Naylor.
Earlier, Belgium upset Germany 1-0 with a last-minute goal from Erica Coppey. With final placings still up for grabs, the sixth-ranked Black Sticks play their final game of the touranemnt against third-ranked Germany at 12.30am tomorrow (NZ time).
The over-night results mean that Germany are on three points with a goal difference of plus three after their earlier 5-1 defeat of South Africa, Belgium have three points with a goal difference of minus one. The Black Sticks are on six points with a goal difference of three, having beaten Belgium 4-2, while South Africa are on zero with a goal difference of minus five.
New Zealand 1 (Sam Harrison) South Africa 0. HT: 1-0.