One person is dead and two others have moderate injuries after a two-vehicle crash near Hikurangi.

The crash happened near the State Highway 1 and Mower Rd intersection about 11.40am.

The deceased person was a passenger in a Hilux vehicle.

There are traffic diversions in place at Apotu Rd, Kauri and Jordan Valley Rd.

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Police have asked for drivers to avoid the area if possible.

The Serious Crash Unit is attending the scene.