The mid-year road toll is the highest it has been since at least 2018.
So far this year, there have been 190 deaths.
Last week, seven people including a baby, died in a crash between a refrigerator truck and a van on State Highway 1 south of Picton.
In 2018, the mid-year toll by the end of June was 181.
That year, 378 people died on the roads in total, and it was the worst-equal annual toll since 2009.
Waka Kotahi spokesperson Tara Macmillan says the numbers this year are expected to be worse because of the easing in Covid-19 travel restrictions.
But she says they demonstrat the need to further push the strategy of aiming for zero road deaths.
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