Captain Brendon McCullum tentatively returns from injury for the one-day international series against Australia but there is no place for hobbling trio Ross Taylor, Tim Southee and Mitchell McClenaghan.
McCullum, who will retire after the two Tests in February, is deemed to have recovered sufficiently from a back injury suffered in a one-day international against Sri Lanka on December 28.
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He reclaims the captaincy from Kane Williamson, who has led with success in limited overs series against the Sri Lankans and Pakistan.
However, batsman Tom Latham has been named as cover to train with the 13-man squad.
A New Zealand Cricket statement said Latham will only depart once McCullum's fitness is guaranteed.
New Zealand's top-order batting otherwise looks thin due to the absence of the experienced Taylor, who suffered a side strain last week.
Southee (foot) has been missing for a month and is still in doubt for the Test series while fellow-paceman McClenaghan is sidelined by a fractured eye socket.
The absence of the latter pair left the door open for Doug Bracewell, Matt Henry and Adam Milne to be confirmed alongside Trent Boult.
Coach Mike Hesson says the depth built over the past two years was now serving its purpose heading into the three-match Chappell-Hadlee Trophy series.
"This is a pinnacle event for us and we'll look to get our best side out on the park each time we play," he said.
"We've been lucky enough to use a big squad over the summer and although we're missing a few key players, we have guys who can step in and we know are up to the task."
New Zealand are current holders of the trophy, having beaten Australia during the round-robin phase of last year's Cricket World Cup.
"The Chappell Hadlee Trophy is something we want to hold on to," Hesson said.
"The rivalry between these two sides is huge and it's going to be three intense games in front of some big crowds."
The opening match is in Auckland on Wednesday, following by games in Wellington on Saturday and Hamilton the following Monday.
BLACK CAPS SQUAD
Brendon McCullum (capt), Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Henry Nicholls, Colin Munro, Corey Anderson, Mitchell Santner, Grant Elliott, Luke Ronchi, Doug Bracewell, Matt Henry, Adam Milne, Trent Boult. Tom Latham (cover).