Police have released the names of three people killed in a crash near Te Puke on Saturday.
Two cars collided at about 7pm on State Highway 2.
Elton Skipper, 33, from Napier, who was driving one of the cars and his passenger Te Rakina Selwyn, 21, from Maketu, were killed.
The driver of the other car Susan Sutherland, 54, from Whakatane, was also killed.
Two other people are in hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Police are still appealing for witnesses to the crash.