Many in the team had played in the previous world championships, in Singapore in 1983, in which they were beaten in the final by Australia, and vowed that the championships in Glasgow in 1987 would be vastly different. And so they were.
No opponents got closer than nine goals to the New Zealanders as they exhibited almost faultless netball.
Defending champions Australia were beaten by 11 in the round-robin final series and in the last match, against Trinidad and Tobago, the margin was a healthy and unheard-of 12.
The team was captained by Leigh Gibbs and coached by Lois Muir.