Two people have died in a two car collision on State Highway 10, seven kilometres south of Kerikeri in Northland.
The two deceased are the driver and passenger from the same car.
Police car (File picture).
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Emergency services received the call to the scene at 11:19pm on Monday night.
The two fatalities brings the Easter road toll to six. The Easter road toll period began at 4pm Thursday and ended at 6am today.
A Fire and Emergency spokesperson says two people were ejected from a car with a third person initially trapped in a vehicle.
A rescue helicopter was dispatched to the scene where two other people received serious injuries and another two with minor.
Two people were transported to Bay of Islands Hospital.
The Serious Crash Unit is investigating.
State Highway 10 is closed with diversions in place.
Diversions are via State Highway 10, Te Ahu Ahu Road, Waimate North Road, and Wiroa Road back to State Highway 10.
Maori Public Health boss Lance Norman told politicians today that 35 per cent of Maori still smoke, along with 25 per cent of Pasifika and 12-13 per cent of all other ethnicities.