A 3-year-old boy has been killed in a driveway.
Police were called to Hatepe village near Taupo about 8.55pm on Monday.
Police said it appears that a woman was leaving a property down a shared driveway on Te Mako Mako Lane when her car struck a 3-year-old boy. Attempts to revive the boy at the scene were unsuccessful. Police are currently investigating the incident and providing support for the family.
Police said the death of a child was tragic at any time but was particularly poignant given it was Christmas Eve. No further information was provided and the identity of the little boy will not be released until all next of kin have been advised.