A second century in three matches from Ross Taylor has seen the Blackcaps record 289-4 off their 50 overs in the second one-day-international at Hagley Oval in Christchurch.
The sold-out crowd were eagerly awaiting a more focused Blackcaps batting line-up after they fell away in the latter stages of their Hamilton innings on Sunday.
And they got it as Taylor was assisted by impressive cameos by Kane Williamson (69), allrounder Jimmy Neesham (71) and Dean Brownlie who chipped in with 34.
In his third start in as many ODIs, Brownlie was strong off his legs and punished anything short but it will be Latham's form since taking over the gloves that will concern the selectors.
Making just two before flicking the ball to midwicket, another failure sees Latham record just nine runs from four appearances since being handed the wicketkeeping duties.
There were no such issues for Taylor who, apart from his one in Hamilton, has roared back into form for the international side. Starting slow with less than a run-a-ball in his first 50, was helped by wickets in hand in his second, able to have a licence to tee-off.
With his half century, Taylor took his total run tally over 6000, the quickest Blackcap to do so. Finishing on 102 not-out, Taylor also now has the most ODI centuries from a New Zealander (17).