Pace bowler Tahuhu took five for 38 – her first five-wicket haul in ODI cricket – as England collapsed to 59 for six and 102 for eight after being asked to bat first.
It took an unbeaten 49 from Katherine Brunt and her 53-run stand with number 10 Kate Cross to help England up to 178, as they were bowled out with nine balls to spare.
Brunt then led the charge with the new ball, taking four for 22 as New Zealand stuttered to 94 for four and regular wickets left the tourists needing 29 runs from the final 10 overs with only four wickets left.
However, Maddy Green’s unbeaten 70 was the mainstay of the innings as the White Ferns snuck across the line with 25 balls remaining.
England: 178 in 48.3 overs (Brunt 49 n.o, Tahuhu 5/38, Penfold 2/48)
New Zealand: 181/7 in 45.5 overs (Green 70 n.o, Brunt 4/22). (BBC)