While they made two brilliant catches, the White Ferns will have to make the easy ones stick if they are to launch a comeback in their series against England.
The Suzie Bates-skippered side lost by 48 runs to the tourists at Seddon Park, Hamilton, for their second defeat in the five-match Twenty20 series.
The Ferns, after winning the toss and having the tourists pad up, dropped three crucial catches, two in the early stages, to let the openers run away with a total of 166-7 in 20 overs.
"It was certainly part of it. We caught the difficult ones but dropped the easy ones so we'll be aware of it the next time," vice-captain Amy Satterthwaite said, referring to Kate Broadmore and Frances Mackay who took the difficult catches.
The hosts needed to alternate between a pace bowler and a spinner to upset the rhythm of the batsmen.
Instead they used four back-to-back slow bowlers, allowing the English women to get their eyes in before dissecting the field at will.
It begs the question why fast bowler Rachel Candy, who is also an explosive batsman and fearless fielder, was 12th man.
"Anyone in the team is suitable but we're just not quite performing like we should," Satterthwaite said in defence, adding everyone needed to look at themselves to adjust accordingly.
"We're disappointed but we'll come back in Auckland."
Nevertheless, the Kiwi top-order batsmen made some inroads, willing to get on the front foot, but still have a lot of work to do if they are to match England.
They nullified first-game hero Anya Shrubsole but showed hesitancy in calling and running between the wickets.
Whether Mackay, a great accumulator of runs in 50-over matches, is best suited to open in T20s remains to be seen.