An 8-year-old boy was struck by a car as he walked home from a Christmas Day swim.
The boy was hit as he crossed the road back to his house in Opotiki yesterday evening, a BayTrust Rescue Helicopter spokesperson said.
The rescue chopper was called to the scene, where paramedics were treating the boy.
He was airlifted to Rotorua Hospital in a comfortable condition, the BayTrust Rescue Helicopter spokesperson said.
St John Ambulance said the incident happened around 8pm.
Three St John vehicles went to the scene.