A crash that killed two people in Auckland last night was one of several vehicle crashes in the region, with police rushed off their feet for the second night in a row.
Emergency services were also dealing with assaults and disorderly conduct overnight, much of it fuelled by alcohol.
A police spokeswoman said Tāmaki Makaurau staff - working in Auckland City, Counties Manukau and Waitematā - reported a busy Saturday night, with calls for service to alcohol-related disorder and assaults, and a number of vehicle crashes.
Aucklanders have been letting off steam after being cooped up for nearly four months, with vaccinated people now allowed into bars and restaurants under the red light phase of the new Covid-19 protection framework.
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Drunk people had also kept police busy on Friday night with one assault leaving a person in hospital.
On Saturday night, two people died when their car hit a truck in Favona. The crash happened on Savill Drive and was reported to police just after 9pm. Three vehicles from St John also attended the crash.
Police could not offer further details this morning but a photographer who attended the incident said it appeared the car had smashed into the front of a parked truck.
Later that night the city's Southern Motorway was closed for more than four hours after a car crashed and burst into flames before midnight. A photographer at the scene said police shut the motorway and turned traffic around.
St John said four ambulance vehicles had attended the incident. The person had critical, or life-threatening, injuries and was taken to Middlemore Hospital.
Police said emergency services attended the single-vehicle crash about 11.35pm, near the southbound lanes of State Highway 1 near East Tamaki. The vehicle had caught fire.
The Serious Crash Unit attended that incident, and the motorway was not reopened until 4am.
Around 1am a car smashed into a power pole on Gray Ave in Mangere, knocking the pole over. The Herald understands the crash affected the power supply at nearby Middlemore Hospital.
Police confirmed the single-vehicle crash had been reported just before 1am, with information suggesting wires had been brought down.
There were no reports of injury to those in the vehicle but there were reports of power outages as a result of the crash, the spokeswoman said.
And an early morning assault saw three people sent to hospital this morning - although the details aren't yet clear.
Police were called to reports of injuries due to an assault on Highbrook Drive in East Tamaki.
Two people were taken to hospital but their injuries were not deemed life-threatening, a police spokeswoman said. Police were making inquiries into what had occurred.
It's understood a third person was later taken to hospital from an address on Reward Place in Māngere, with police confirming later this morning the two incidents were related.