The hosts were 331 for five at the break after Steve Smith (138), Mitchell Marsh (1) and Adam Voges (119) fell in a session where a bit of swing meant ball had the edge over bat for the first time in a run-fest of a match.
Mitchell Johnson, who moved up the batting order after announcing before the start of play that he would be retiring from international cricket at the end of the day, will resume on 20 not out with Peter Nevill (22) alongside him.
New Zealand's first innings 624 gave them a 65 run lead over Australia's 559-9 declared but Smith and Voges had put the hosts back in front with centuries after lunch yesterday.
Australia resumed on 258-2 but Smith had added only seven runs to his overnight tally when he sliced a Trent Boult delivery to a diving BJ Watling behind the stumps.
Four overs later and Marsh's 15-ball innings was over without a full-blooded shot having been struck, Doug Bracewell claiming his wicket lbw with a delivery that came in late and hit the all-rounder's back pad.
That brought Johnson to the crease and he was welcomed by a guard of honor of applauding New Zealanders before cracking a boundary off the fourth delivery he faced to ensure his Test batting career would not end with the ignominy of a duck.

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