The Black Sticks men secured a spot in the final of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup after a 4-1 victory over hosts Malaysia overnight.
The Kiwis still have one more round-robin match to play against Korea tomorrow night but with four wins from their five games they have already booked their spot in the final.
Black Sticks coach Shane McLeod said his side asked a lot of the Malaysian defence.
"We maintained possession well and created a lot of opportunities which we finished with some very good goals."
In front of a vocal home crowd, the Black Sticks stamped their mark on the match early to lead 3-0 at halftime.
Veteran Ryan Archibald opened the scoring after five minutes with a piece of individual brilliance while Shea McAleese slotted in the second at the 16-minute mark.
Nick Wilson made it three just before the break when he tapped in a great cross from Ben Collier.
A second-half revival from Malaysia saw the hosts peg one back to 3-1 but a Shay Neal goal in the 61st minute enabled the Kiwis to comfortably hold on for the win.
McAleese was named man of the match but Collier also impressed with his strong work rate and errorless performance.
In Monday morning's final, the Black Sticks are expected to face either Argentina, who they beat 5-2, or Great Britain, who they went down 2-1 to yesterday.
New Zealand 4 (Ryan Archibald, Shea McAleese, Nick Wilson, Shay Neal) Malaysia 1. HT: 3-0.
- APNZBy Dan Richardson