Pakistan are set to field left-arm returning fast-bowler Muhammad Amir in the first of the three-match T20 series.
The left-arm fast-bowler is set to resume his career after a being penalised for spot-fixing and serving a five-year ban with compatriots Salman Butt and Muhammad Asif.
Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi said in the post-toss interview that the boys are excited to take New Zealand head on before they go into the 2016 World T20.
Meanwhile, the Kiwi captain Kane Williamson said Pakistan T20 side is a different opposition, and we expect a tough competition against them.
New Zealand team: *Kane Williamson, Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Corey Anderson, Grant Elliott, +Luke Ronchi, Mitchell Santner, Todd Astle, Adam Milne, Matt Henry, Trent Boult