Police can now confirm a third person has died following a crash on State Highway 2 at Nuhaka, east of Wairoa, on 29 June.
Two people died at the scene. They were Fabian George Cook, 33, and Freedom Rikael Morunga, 21, both from Wairoa.
Jordan John Christopher Edwards, 21, also of Wairoa, died in hospital on July 5.
Police extend sympathies to the families and friends of Mr Cook, Ms Morunga and Mr Edwards at this difficult time.
The Serious Crash Unit investigation is ongoing.
Issued by Police Media Centre