One person has died after a car and motorbike collided near Whakatāne last night.

Police confirmed the death at 10.20pm.

A Fire and Emergency New Zealand shift manager earlier said a report of the crash was received about 6.20pm.

White Pine Bush Rd (State Highway 2) was closed between between Downard Rd and Station Rd East, and diversions were in place.

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The Serious Crash Unit has been examining the scene.