New Zealand have claimed their first gold medal at the 2016 World Bowls Championships in Christchurch.

The men's fours combination of Mike Nagy, Mike Kernaghan, Blake Signal and Ali Forsyth continued a dominant tournament by crushing Australia 23-4 in the final.

Down 3-2 after three ends, New Zealand went on a massive run to jump into the lead before reeling off an unanswered six consecutive ends to finish the match after just 15 ends.

New Zealand have two more gold medal chances tomorrow, with Shannon McIlroy facing Canada's Ryan Bester in the men's singles final, and the women's pair of Jo Edwards and Angela Boyd going up against Wales.​


McIlroy will be aiming to be the first New Zealand singles player since Peter Belliss in 1984 to win World Championships gold.

New Zealand have already claimed four bronze medals at the tournament.