The West Indies had earlier taken a first-innings lead of 239 after being all out for 460, adding 150 runs in the first half of play on Wednesday (June 18). Thereafter, New Zealand negotiated 41 overs, losing only Brendon McCullum's wicket.
New Zealand opener Tom Latham was unbeaten on 30, while Kane Williamson had scored 38. The pair have already added 64 runs and batted for 34.2 overs, and will hope to build the association into their third century partnership of the tour going into the fourth day.
New Zealand was forced to go in with a new opening combination after a stomach ailment kept Hamish Rutherford off the field for the first half of the day. Captain McCullum took on the responsibility to come out first up, but was trapped lbw by Jerome Taylor for 3 .
Earlier, Jermaine Blackwood's fearless knock of 63 on debut was the highlight of the second half of the West Indies’ first innings, after the side had resumed on 310 for 5.
Blackwood came to the crease after the early dismissal of nightwatchman Kemar Roach, and his first scoring shots included an edged four through slips and a forceful six over long-on. He added five more fours and another six as the West Indies pushed hard to extend its first innings advantage.
The experienced Shivnarine Chanderpaul was given out lbw to Ish Sodhi for 47 for the second time this series, but captain Denesh Ramdin added 76 for the eighth wicket with Blackwood before the innings came to an end with Sodhi finishing with figures of 4 for 96.