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Flanker Matt Hankin, wing Anthony Watson and replacement prop Tom Smallbone all scored tries for head coach Nick Walshe’s side, while Slade added 18 points with the boot.
Trailing 20-5 at the break, the Kiwis hit back to reduce the score to 23-21 but Smallbone then scored the decisive try before a late penalty sealed the historic win.
It proved to be revenge for England, who lost to New Zealand in the final in 2008, 2009 and 2011, but despite prevailing over Wales to defend their RBS 6 Nations title earlier this year, Slade is taking nothing for granted.
“It’s such a good feeling to get the win against New Zealand, but we said to each other after the game that we haven’t won anything yet,” he said.
“We still have one more game to go and our focus is solely on that from now on. Massive credit to New Zealand, they came at us from the beginning and they gave us a very, very tough game.
“Every player put a shift in and that’s all you can ask – from 1 to 15 and all of the guys that came off the bench, it was a real squad effort.”
Meanwhile, Wales booked their place in their first ever Junior World Championship final thanks to a thrilling, last-gasp victory over defending champions South Africa.
Sam Davies’ touchline conversion with almost the last kick of the game handed Wales an 18-17 win after winger Ashley Evans grabbed the all-important try.
The Baby Boks led 7-6 at the break and while Wales captain Ellis Jenkins went over in the second half to hand his side the lead, South Africa hit back through Kwagga Smith’s score.
Handre Pollard’s 75th-minute penalty put the Boks 17-11 up but with the clock ticking down, Evans struck and Davies held his nerve from the tee.
“It’s an unbelievable feeling and all the boys deserve huge credit for putting in such fantastic performances,” said skipper Jenkins.
“To be six points down and then to come back on virtually the last kick of the game was a very special way to get the result.”
Elsewhere, three penalties from Baptiste Serin was enough to hand France a 9-8 victory over Ireland, ensuring they will face Argentina in the fifth-place match.
Ryan Murphy scored the only try of the game for Ireland who will now meet Australia in the battle for seventh place, having opened their campaign with a win over the Wallabies.
And captain Mark Bennett scored 20 points in Scotland’s thumping 39-3 win over the USA to set-up a ninth-place duel with Samoa.