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A major emergency response is currently underway off Great Barrier Island after two children fell off a wharf.
St John Ambulance confirmed the incident involved two toddlers - an 18-month-old boy and a 3-year-old girl, who fell into the water at the isolated Rangiahua Island. Emergency services were alerted to the incident at 7.46pm tonight.
The 18-month-old boy was in critical condition at Starship Hospital as of 11pm, an Auckland District Health Board spokeswoman said.
The 3-year-old girl was in stable condition as of 11pm, the spokeswoman said.
One patient required CPR, a police spokesman confirmed.
Both children were being stabilized on the island before being airlifted to Starship children's hospital in separate rescue helicopters.
The young boy remains in a critical condition but is on route to Starship. The girl is also being airlifted to Starship in a moderate condition. Both rescue helicopters have intensive care paramedics onboard, a St John spokeswoman said. No further details were available, other than that it was a "water incident".
A staff member at Aotea Health Centre, on Great Barrier Island, acknowledged she knew about the incident, but declined to comment further.