11.15am UPDATE: Police are appealing for information about a truck trailer parked overnight at Whangarei's visitor information centre just south of the city.
The body of a man was discovered outside the centre about 5.45am today.
Whangarei police Senior Constable Paul Nicohlas said it appeared a man had fallen asleep beneath a trailer unit parked at the centre. It's thought the truck driver returned early today and hooked up to the trailer and drove off unaware of the person sleeping beneath the trailer.
Mr Nicholas said police wanted to speak to the driver or anyone who may know who the driver was, or information about drivers who parked at the centre regularly.
He said the deceased man was yet to be formally identified.
Anyone with information can ring Whangarei police station on 09 4304500 and ask for Constable Gordon Romley.
9pm UPDATE: State Highway open
8.29am UPDATE: Police have confirmed a pedestrian has died at the scene.
7.20am: Police in Whangarei are investigating a collision between a car and a pedestrian on Otaika Rd, Raumanga.
The incident happened about 5.45 am. The serious Crash Unit are on the scene and Otaika Road, a major thoroughfare, is close.
Diversions are in place.
For light traffic from Otaika Rd into Collingwood St, High St, Anzac Rd, Hilltop Ave, Tarewa Rd, back to Otaika Rd.
For heavy traffic into Rewarewa Rd, Kioreroa Rd, Port Rd, Okara Dr, Porowini Ave, Tarewa Rd, back onto Otaika Rd. Police expect delays for traffic in the area and advise drivers to avoid the area if possible.