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Police release names of three family members who died in East Cape crash

Police have released the names of three family members who died in an East Cape crash yesterday.

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The accident happened on State Highway 35, Te Araroa. Source: 1 NEWS

They are 43-year-old woman Tiny Tibble, 14-year-old boy Ashton-Lee Rangihuna, and 10-year-old girl Ana-Roimata Rangihuna.

The trio died on State Highway 35 north of Te Araroa after their four-wheel-drive Land Cruiser hit a tree and rolled.

The deaths have the tiny Te Araroa community north of Gisborne reeling, the NZ Herald reports.

Community leader Ani Pahuru-Huriwai told the newspaper Te Araroa, which has a population of 200, was devastated.

"It's a real tragedy, and when word reached us who was involved ... it's just even more of a tragedy."

It comes after a relative of the three deceased died in a crash at the same spot a month ago.

He was Lance Rangihuna.

"And any death is a tragedy but when it involves our children, close members of a family, it is very hard to find the words to express the pain our community is feeling,” Pahuru-Huriwai said.

"I don't think in my lifetime we will have had a tangi like this, three on the marae."