"I hate losing", Meninga said.
The Bunker then became the number one enemy of the New Zealand Rugby League fans after captain Dallin Watene-Zelezniak was denied a try when the bunker ruled that Joseph Manu knocked the ball on in the lead up to a potential four-pointer.
Down at halftime, the Kiwis rallied to secure a famous win over their trans-Tasman foes, ending the Kangaroos' 13-Test winning streak in the process - their first success over Australia since 2015.
The superstar centre produced two pieces of brilliance on Saturday including the 75th-minute match victor to get the world champions home against an injury-hit and gallant New Zealand outfit.
"The papers tomorrow and the media tomorrow will be talking about the Kangaroos are vulnerable and we're at the stage in our transition where we have a bit of work to do".
Joseph Manu scored the Kiwis second try and despite a late comeback from the Kangaroos in the dying seconds of the first half, NZ came back strong in the second scoring three consecutive tries.
However, the Kiwis surged into a 26-12 lead with tries from Brandon Smith, Esan Marsters and Jordan Rapana, before a late charge from Australia. "They took it up for the crowd and our country and did our families proud".
"This is obviously what we came into this camp for - to build a foundation for not only us going forward but for the kids coming through and the kids after that; to give this nation what they deserve".
Some streets around Mt Smart Stadium are lined with Tongan flags and houses decked out in red and white.
Lead by Māori player Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, the Kiwi side scored their first try in the 27th minute.
New Zealand trailed 12-8 at the break despite dominating possession and territory in the opening period.
The Australians scored an early try to Valentine Holmes, but they suffered a blow when they lost halfback Luke Keary on 17 minutes. New Zealand pressured the Australian line for nearly 25 minutes through the middle of the first half and came up with tries to Ken Maumalo and Manu which were both unconverted.
"The boys have spoken about what kind of team they want to be so the fans do come along and come on the ride with us". They remained a threat throughout the match but wanted for opportunities.