Two men have died in a car crash on a rural road near the small Hawke's Bay settlement of Te Hauke.
The police believe the crash occurred some time last night and no other vehicles were involved.
A farm worker came across the crashed vehicle down a bank on Burma Rd near Hastings late on Monday morning.
The male driver was found dead in the vehicle and the front seat passenger had been thrown out and was found dead some metres away.
The two men are from the area, but their names will not be released until all family have been notified.
The police Serious Crash Unit is investigating the crash, and will try to establish when it occurred.