Steady rain makes a start on time in the opening ODI between New Zealand and South Africa at Hamilton's Seddon Park remote.

The match is due to begin at 2pm, but with a forecast suggesting poor weather clearing about mid-afternoon the wise money would be on a reduced-overs contest.

The pitch block is under covers and two super soppers are rolling around the outfield.

South Africa took first honours for the tour with their convincing 78-run win in the only T20 match of the tour at Eden Park on Friday night.

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This will be the 25th ODI at Seddon Park, and South Africa's second visit for a match against New Zealand. The first was washed out in 2014 midway through the first innings.