Although the Kiwis were favourites to progress to the event in the Far East, it was widely expected that the qualifier from the Oceania Football Confederation would be revealed after Matchday 3 on Sunday, but Colin Tuaa's charges won the continental championship with a game and two days to spare.
In their opening game against Fiji, goals from Cory Chettleburgh, Costa Barbarouses and Jacob Matthews helped them to a 3-1 win. In the day's other game, hosts Tahiti were held to a goalless draw with New Caledonia.
New Zealand knew that a draw in the match between Fiji and New Caledonia combined with a victory over Tahiti would be enough to secure qualification. The All Whites got their wish as the island teams played out a 1-1 draw, thereby opening the door to qualification still further.
Mario Hoffman's fifth minute strike gave the Kiwis an early lead, but Stephane Faatiarau equalised 13 minutes later. With just under half an hour of the game to go, captain Barbarouses made it 2-1 and consequently booked his side a berth at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in the process.