Police can now advise that one person has died in a crash on State Highway 1 near Mata, south of Whangārei.
The crash, involving two cars, was reported to Police at 7.10pm.
Two other people were injured in the crash – one critically and one seriously. Both have been transported to Whangārei Hospital.
State Highway 1 is expected to remain closed for several hours.
Southbound traffic is being diverted at Springfield Road, and northbound traffic at Salmon Road.
Issued by Police Media Centre.