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A motorcyclist is dead after crashing near Tauranga this afternoon.
Police said the accident occurred on the Tauranga-bound bypass on State Highway 2 about 1pm.
It appeared the rider on a Honda motorbike had failed to negotiate a moderate bend in the road, striking the kerb and crashing into a bank.
No other vehicles were involved.
The section of road was currently closed traffic with diversions in place.