One person is dead following a crash in Northland on Sunday morning.
Emergency services were called to Bank St in Kaitaia shortly after 6am where a person had crashed into a tree.
Motorists are advised to avoid the area while the serious crash unit investigates.
The road toll for this year so far is now 10, well behind the pace set in recent years.
Last year 353 people lost their lives on the road. Ministry of Transport data says by this time last year, 20 had died.