A man has been killed in a crash on State Highway 3, north of New Plymouth.
The police were alerted to the two-car crash just before 12:30pm, near the Awakino Tunnel.
Two other people suffered minor injuries.
It takes the Easter holiday road toll to two - after a crash in Huntly yesterday.
And one person is critically injured and another is seriously hurt after two cars collided at an intersection near Waipawa in Hawke's Bay.
Five other people in the vehicles escaped serious injury.
The official toll period ends at 6am tomorrow.