Fatal crash victim

Aunt left 'totally lost' after Samoan man's death in horror crash on Napier-Taupō road

The accident happened on Monday on the highway between Napier and Taupō, which police have described as one of the country's most lethal.

A convoy of three vans of seasonal workers from Hastings were travelling to Taupō for a holiday, but tragedy struck - at a turnoff to the Tarawera cafe, a popular stop along the road, one of the vans collided with a truck.

Tino Tagiilima was a passenger in the van and died at the scene.

His aunt Lofa Tuimaualuga told RNZ her brother - Tino's father who lives in Australia - called her distraught yesterday afternoon.

Seasonal worker dies days before he was due to return home to Samoa

The 36-year-old has been identified as the man who died in a crash on State Highway 2 near the Sandhurst Drive onramp and Maunganui Rd, in the Bay of Plenty, on Sunday.

New Zealand Herald reports emergency services were called to the scene at 5pm after reports of a single-vehicle crash.

Mati was a passenger in the vehicle, which police have confirmed was a seven-seater.