Fatal weekend crash

There's been one death on Bay of Plenty roads over the weekend, just hours before the start of the official holiday period.

One person died in a single vehicle crash on Te Puna Road north of Tauranga early on Saturday morning.

One other person in the car suffered critical injuries.

The Serious Crash Unit is investigating the cause.

It was one of four fatalities in the lead-up to Christmas - the other three were all in the South Island.

Sam Gardner