A man has died in a crash near Whakatāne this morning.

Police were called after a ute rolled on Wainui Rd at about 5.15am.

An investigation into the crash is underway.

Police said no further information was available at this stage.

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The death brings the weekend road toll to seven.

Three people died in a crash near Kaikoura on Friday.

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It is understood two of the victims were family members from Malaysia.

Malaysia's New Straits Times has reported a family medicine specialist and her husband were among the family members killed in the crash.

The family wants the victims to be buried in Christchurch, the paper reported.

A third person was killed and two people critically injured during the accident when a truck and the car in which the family were travelling collided on State Highway 1.

Two more people were killed when a train collided with a car near Morrinsville on Saturday.

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Their names are yet to be released.

The same day a pedestrian was fatally struck by a train in South Auckland.

The accidents take the national 2019 road toll to 313 deaths.