Daniel Vettori joined Stephen Fleming as the most capped New Zealand Test player when he played his one hundred and eleventh Test for the BLACKCAPS at North Sound. Vettori has also played one Test for the ICC World XI.
At the other end of the scale Neil Wagner was making his Test debut at North Sound. He became Test BLACKCAP number two hundred and fifty six. He is the twenty first overseas-born player to play for the Black Caps and the fourth born in South Africa.
When Guptill and Brendon McCullum added one hundred and twenty three for the Black Caps second wicket it was their fourth century partnership together. Only John Wright and Andrew Jones (six) and Wright again with Trevor Franklin (five) have shared more century partnerships for New
Chris Gayle became the twentieth batsman to reach one thousand Test runs against New Zealand during the First Test at North Sound. He reached the milestone in just his thirteenth innings with England's Wally Hammond the only player to reach the mark faster, doing so eleven innings.
Finishing the Test with one thousand and thirty four runs Gayle passed Desmond Haynes and then Gordon Greenidge to become the greatest scorer of runs for the West Indies against New Zealand. Glenn Turner with eight hundred and fifty five runs has the highest aggregate for the BLACKCAPS.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul recorded just his fifth golden duck in his two hundred and forty fourth innings when Chris Martin dismissed him during the first Test. Jeetan Patel is one of the other four bowlers to have managed to dismiss him first ball when he caught him off his own bowling in 2008-09 .
Sunil Narine and Kemar Roach became the third and fourth players to take a five wicket bag in their first Test match for the West Indies against New Zealand.
Narine went on to become the first West Indian bowler to bowl over five hundred balls in a match against the BLACKCAPS. The two hundred and twenty three runs he conceded in the match is also the most by a West Indian bowler against New Zealand well ahead of the one hundred and sixty nine conceded by Adam Sanford in Bridgetown in 2002.
The West Indies victory in the First Test was their first against New Zealand since Bridgetown in 1995-96. Of the nine Tests since then New Zealand had won four with the other five drawn.
Powell became the seventh West Indian batsman to record a century in his first match against the BLACKCAPS. Martin Guptill just failed to emulate him when dismissed for ninety seven in New Zealand's first innings.
Australia's Paul Reiffel was appointed to umpire his first Test match becoming the twenty eighth person to both play and umpire Test cricket. Two New Zealanders in Eric Tindill and Jack Cowie are also on that list. Tindill, uniquely, also played and refereed international rugby.