The Kiwis have lost the Four Nations final after being thrashed 34-8 by Australia in the tournament decider at Anfield.
Repeated handling errors and ill discipline cost the New Zealand side. At the end of the first half the Kiwis were already trailing 0-24.
The result means the Kiwis lose their Four Nations crown and the world number one ranking.
Having limped into the final after a draw with rugby league minnows Scotland, the Kiwis had talked about the need for a good start.
However, that didn’t happen and instead the Kiwis let in the first try after only three minutes.
Darius Boyd was named man of the match, with Cronk awarded player of the tournament.
Australia 34 (Josh Dugan 2, Blake Ferguson, Trent Merrin, Darius Boyd, Boyd Cordner tries; Johnathan Thurston 5 goals) New Zealand 8 (Jordan Kahu 2 tries). HT: 24-0