A man who died in a two-car collision on the outskirts of Napier on Saturday morning was the first road fatality of the Labour Weekend holiday.
The crash occured at about 7am, when one car crossed the centre line on State Highway Two in the suburb of Bayview, north of the city.
One driver, who was in his 20s, died, while two people in the other car were cut from the wreck and taken to Hawke's Bay Hospital in a serious condition.
The official Labour Weekend road toll period began at 6pm on Friday, and runs until 6am on Tuesday.
A woman in her 30s is in a critical condition after the motorcycle she was riding hit a fence near Whanganui on Saturday night.
Last year, eight people died in seven crashes during the Labour Weekend holiday.
Police are reminding drivers there is less tolerance for speeding over the holiday period.
They have lowered the speed tolerance from 11km/h over the limit, to just 4km/h.
Superintendent Paula Rose says the road toll this year is the lowest it has ever been.
She says the death toll this year is at 222; it was almost 300 deaths for the same time last year.