A person has died and three others have moderate injuries after a truck and car collided in Kaihere, Waikato, this evening.
Police say they were called to the scene on State Highway 27 at about 7.54pm.
The highway will be closed and traffic diverted at Torehape Road and Kaihere Road.
The serious crash unit has been alerted.
According to the Ministry of Transport, the official Easter holiday period for 2021 began at 4pm today and ends at 6am on Tuesday. The Waikato accident is the first to have been reported as part of the holiday road toll.
Police say they will continue to remain visible out on the roads this long weekend, "deterring drivers from speeding, and we will have checkpoints operating anytime, anywhere for alcohol and breath testing".
"We want to ensure everyone can enjoy their Easter holiday plans, and return home safely,” says Inspector Pete Jones, acting director of the National Road Policing Centre.
“To make sure that happens, road safety starts before you get behind the wheel – are you well rested, have you eaten and are you hydrated?
“Once you’re in the car, don’t speed, drive to the conditions, wear your seatbelt and be patient. There will be a lot of traffic on the road so be courteous and keep a safe following distance.”
Police said they will also be targeting drivers using their mobile phone.