Labour Weekend road toll ends at three

  • 25/10/2016
The road toll is two less than last year (File)
The road toll is two less than last year (File)

New Zealand's Labour Weekend holiday road toll has finished at three, two less than the same period in 2015.

The deaths included the country's first female Māori police detective.

Seventy-nine-year-old Te Rauoriwa Daphne Pomare died after a head-on collision in Paekakariki on Sunday morning. She was taken to hospital with critical injuries, but died overnight.

Her niece, Evelyn Tuuta, says she was a strong lady who didn't often take no for an answer.

"She was an honourable woman and she had a very honourable career. If we could measure up to half of what she was, then we've done well."

On Monday a 56-year-old man died when a motorcycle and car collided at Wallacetown, west of Invercargill,

The accident happened at about 3pm on State Highway 99, police say.

The man died at the scene and no one else was injured.

Early on Sunday, one person was killed after their car hit a median strip and then a truck on the Southern Motorway near Pokeno.

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