A motorcyclist has died in central Auckland overnight - continuing a horror run of fatal crashes on the roads.
Police said the 28-year-old male rider died after crashing in Portland Rd in Remuera shortly before 10pm on Sunday night.
Auckland City East Area Commander Inspector Joe Tipene said the Police Eagle helicopter spotted the motorcyclist driving erratically, going through red lights at high speeds from about 9.48pm.
The helicopter kept oversight of the driver while two different police vehicles, one which was unmarked, followed the motorbike, observing from a distance and at road speeds.
"At no time were lights and sirens activated nor was any pursuit initiated," Tipene said.
It is believed the man crashed at high speed on a bend, hitting a tree and then a wooden fence. He suffered multiple injuries and received a blood transfusion but could not be revived.
"Our sympathies are with his family at this difficult time," Tipene said.
Road closures were in place around the crash site to allow the Serious Crash Unit to examine the scene.
A person who witnessed the scene shortly after the crash said they saw a motorbike leaning up against a lamppost, but they were unsure how the crash happened.
"It looked pretty bad, though."
In the past nine days, 28 people have died on New Zealand roads. This includes 26 people in seven days from Friday March 29 - the deadliest week in 16 years.
Last Monday, five members of the same family were killed in a horrific crash on Tirohanga Rd at Mokai, near Kinleith.
Peter Senior Rangikataua, 44, from Rotorua, his nephew Rangi Rangikataua, 26, from Mokai and Peter's three daughters Michelle Morgan-Rangikataua, 15, Aroha Morgan-Rangikataua, 14, and Kahukura Morgan-Rangikataua, 12, all died in the single-vehicle crash and were farewelled at Te Pākira Marae on Saturday.
Their 11-year-old brother, Isaac Morgan-Rangikataua, was the only survivor.
A crash between a car and a truck in Christchurch in the early hours of Friday claimed the lives of 12-year-old Ezekiel Loua and his 35-year-old uncle, Fulumoa Daly.
Three others were seriously injured in the crash, with one of Ezekiel's cousins, Zion, being flown from Christchurch to Auckland's Starship children's hospital.
On Saturday, one person died after a truck collided with a car near Warkworth about 7.20am.