Two road crashes last night left four people seriously injured.
Three of them were injured in a two-vehicle crash on State Highway Three at Awakino in western Waikato early in the evening.
Police said three helicopters were called to the scene to take them to hospitals in Waikato and Taranaki.
They said three other people had minor-to-moderate injuries.
About the same time, a man was thrown from his car in a crash on the Cape Palliser road, about 1km from Ngawi in Wairarapa.
He was flown to Wellington Hospital with critical injuries
Two other occupants of the car were treated for minor injuries.