Police have released the name of the man killed in a fatal crash just out of Christchurch on New Year's Eve.

He is 33-year-old Tihi Oterangi Rae Edgecombe of Cheviot.

Edgecombe died in a crash on Downs Rd, Spotswood.

"Police extend their sympathies to Mr Edgecomb's family and friends," a spokesperson said.

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"The investigation into the crash is ongoing and police cannot comment further."

Family members posted tributes online, revealing Edgecombe turned 33 on December 27.