A 21-year-old man has been killed in a crash in the Far North early on Christmas Day.
Sandy Paul Waenga Brown was a front-seat passenger in a vehicle that crashed on Far North Rd (State Highway 1) about 2.30am on Wednesday.
He was thrown from the Toyota Hilux after the driver lost control and the vehicle hit a bank, and died at the scene.
The driver, a 21-year-old woman, was flown to Whangarei Hospital by helicopter with serious injuries.
A 33-year-old woman passenger was transferred to Kaitaia Hospital with lesser injuries.
The fatality is the first death in the official holiday period which began at 4pm on Tuesday and runs to 3 January.