1 Jun 2015

Man dies in Northland crash

10:41 am on 1 June 2015

The death of a man in a crash in Northland has brought the Queens Birthday holiday road toll to four.

Road sign on the Kapiti Coast.

Photo: RNZ / Alexander Robertson

Police were called about 12.40am to the crash at Mangawhai where a car had veered off the road, hit rocks and flipped into mangroves.

A man, believed to be in his 40s, died at the scene.

Last night, a crash in North Canterbury at about 7pm left one person dead.

Also yesterday a motorcycle pillion passenger died when the motorcycle ran into the back of a stationary car. The female passenger died at the scene while the rider of the motorcycle was taken to Christchurch Hospital in critical condition.

On Saturday, a 36-year-old woman died after a collision between a logging truck and a car on State Highway 2 near Te Puke, Bay of Plenty.

Extra police officers are out patrolling roads throughout the country this weekend, and enforcing a speed threshold of 4 km/h over the limit.

Five people died on the roads over the Queen's Birthday weekend last year.