Brisbane: Daniel Vettori and Dean Brownlie restored the New Zealand first innings after a clatter of wickets on the opening day of the first cricket Test against Australia at the Gabba.
With storm clouds building, the Black Caps went to an early tea through bad light at 176 for five after winning the toss.
Former skipper Vettori was on 45 off 66 balls and Brownlie, dropped twice on three, unbeaten on 32 off 89 deliveries.
The Kiwis were faltering at 96 for five shortly after lunch when Jesse Ryder on six cut Mitchell Starc straight to David Warner at point for the pace debutant's second wicket.
Starc dismissed opening batsman Brendon McCullum for 34 in the morning session, also caught by Warner, playing in his first Test match.
Left-armer Starc had the figures of 2-52 off 13 overs at tea.
All four of Australia's bowlers each took a wicket in the morning session.
Australia made their first breakthrough with the wicket of Martin Guptill for 13 in the 11th over.
Siddle, leading the inexperienced Australian pace attack in his 26th Test match, got an edge which wicketkeeper Brad Haddin snapped up, leaving the Black Caps at 44 for one inside the first hour.