Seven people have been taken to hospital after a two-car crash on State Highway 1 north of Auckland.
Emergency services were called to the scene, near Wellsford, about 12:30pm today.
Police say the male driver of one of the cars had to be cut from the wreckage. He has been airlifted to Auckland Hospital.
Six other people of varying ages have also been transported to hospital in a critical condition, police say.
The road is blocked and diversions are in place.