The Leinster starlet helped himself to 23 points with the boot and Kidney has rewarded three other players for their performances against the Maori.
Centre Paddy Wallace, who bagged Ireland's try in Rotorua, is recalled at the expense of Gordon D'Arcy while Tony Buckley gets the nod ahead of John Hayes.
And there's a first cap for Ulster No. 8 Chris Henry as he keeps his place with Jamie Heaslip still banned following his sending off against the All Blacks.
Brian O'Driscoll will again captain the side and Mick O'Driscoll has been included in the second row after recovering from a back injury.
Uncapped duo Damien Varley and Rhys Ruddock, the son of former Wales coach Mike, have been named on the replacements bench.
Ireland: Kearney, Bowe, Brian O'Driscoll, Wallace, Trimble, Sexton, O'Leary, Healy, Cronin, Buckley, O'Callaghan, Mick O'Driscoll, Ronan, Jennings, Henry.
Replacements: Varley, Court, Tuohy, Ruddock, Reddan, O'Gara, Murphy.