One person is dead after a crash in Huntly,
taking the Queen's Birthday weekend road toll to eight.
The driver of a north-bound motorbike died
after crashing into a car heading in the opposite direction, police say.
Police were called to the incident on
Harris St, west of the Waikato River, at 3pm on Monday afternoon.
The driver of the car was not injured.
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The roads are blocked on Harris St and
Glen Murray Rd but diversions are in place.
As enquiries continue into the cause of
the crash, police have asked all motorists to exercise patience on the
The motorcyclist was wearing a helmet,
confirmed officer in charge of road police in Huntly, Neil Mansill.
Police would not release any further
details about the motorcyclist, only to say that investigations were under
Local people at the crash scene
suggested the motorcyclist hit a bump in the road, but police would not
confirm whether this was the case.
The family of the motorcyclist had been
informed and were at the scene but official identification processes hadn't
The family were seen hugging behind the
The man is understood to have familial
ties to the town, but not currently living in Huntly.
A police drone was being used to take
pictures of the crash scene.
The motorcycle and red Suzuki Swift were
on a gravel verge on the right side of the road.
The man's body was in between the vehicles
waiting for the undertaker.
St John responded to the emergency call
shortly before 3pm and treated the motorcyclist but he died before he could