A young Christchurch child has died after choking on his food.

NZME understands that the 2-year-old boy was eating his evening meal yesterday when the tragedy happened.

Emergency services were called to the Wainoni Rd home in the city's east at around 4.30pm.

St John sent an ambulance and two rapid response vehicles but the child died at the scene.

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Police say they are supporting the family, who are originally from Afghanistan, and investigating the death of behalf of the coroner.

"It's an absolutely tragic accident," Detective Senior Sergeant Mike Ford said.

Locals told NZME that the child choked on a piece of carrot.

Police are expected to release more information this afternoon after post-mortem results are returned.