Police say a motorbike involved in a fatal crash in Kawerau had been stolen less than an hour earlier.
A 24-year-old man died after a collision with a four wheel drive in the early hours of this morning.
He had been on the motorbike with a 17-year-old man, who was now in hospital with serious injuries.
Police said the motorbike was one of two that was stolen from a Kawerau property just before three 3am.
They could not confirm whether the men on the bike were the ones who stole it.
The second motorbike has just been found in Kawerau.