A teenage boy has been critically injured in a car crash in South Auckland.
The crash - which happened about midnight on Saturday - came after police arrived at a "congregation" of "car enthusiast boy-racers" in Clevedon.
Police "identified a vehicle that had sustained loss of traction", a spokeswoman said.
That vehicle then left the area, she said.
"A short time after, police followed in the direction the vehicle [left in]. However, no pursuit was initiated.
"The vehicle was found crashed at the intersection of Monument Rd and Tourist Rd in Clevedon at around midnight," she said.
A Westpac Rescue Helicopter was sent to the scene, with the driver - in his teens - in a critical condition, a Westpac spokesperson said.
He was airlifted to Middlemore Hospital.
Two others had minor injuries.