New Zealand captain Ross Taylor and Nathan McCullum chipped in with 22 and 16, respectively, in the end to take the Black Caps to 148.
During the England innings, after losing openers Craig Kieswetter (4) and Alex Hales (22) early, Wright and Eoin Morgan (30) put up a 89-run partnership which literally took the game away from Ross Taylor led side.
Morgan provided support to Wright chipping in with ones and twos throughout his 31-ball innings. While Wright's brilliant hitting and strokeplay earned him the Man-of-the-match award.
Both teams play there next must-win ties here Monday. New Zealand take on West Indies while defending champions England take on hosts Sri Lanka.
In Image: England's batsmen Eoin Morgan, left, and Luke Wright run between the wickets