He is one of three changes made to the starting XV for the match. Troy Flavell is named at lock and Casey Laulala at centre.
Kaino, the blindside flanker has had more than his share of frustrations since making his All Blacks debut against the Barbarians at the end of the northern hemisphere tour of 2004.
Not the least being an injury which kept him out of last year's Grand Slam tour after some fine play during Auckland's fine NPC-winning campaign.
While included in the squad, and getting a run on appearance against Ireland in the first Test, his inclusion in the starting XV in Auckland is especially satisfying.
"Seeing the depth in New Zealand rugby, you have got to take every opportunity that you can," he said.
However, the time he did spend on the park in Hamilton has helped him realise the job ahead of him in the second Test.
"I was really surprised I got 35 minutes, but I was disappointed not to make the most of it.
"I didn't make as many tackles as I wanted," he said of his play after being called to action in place of Marty Holah.
"It was pretty hard to get turnover ball. But it was a credit to Ireland the way they cleaned us out and kept on their feet.
"The Irish studied well how Richie and the boys turn over ball, and they kept us out of the game on the turnover side of things. We were surprised we couldn't get as much ball as we wanted," he said.