The family of the woman who was fatally hit by a car in Paekakariki on Sunday have spoken out about the loss of an "engaging" person with a "very sharp mind".

Caroline Boyd, 56, died in the weekend after being hit by a car outside Paekakariki School.

"Caroline was an incredibly energetic, positive and engaging person," sister and family spokeswoman Sarah Boyd said.

"She had deep empathy for people, boundless curiosity and a zest for life. She leaves an enormous void in the lives of her family, particularly her husband and three children, and her many close friends.

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"What is less obvious is the loss to the New Zealand public service."

Boyd had an economics honours degree from Otago University, worked in senior policy roles for various departments including Treasury, Women's Affairs, Health, and the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

"She inspired many people with her intellect, critical thinking and her vision for a bolder, more connected and effective public service," her sister said.

"She strongly believed in mentoring younger staff and she was a passionate advocate for the advancement of women, equal pay and recognition in the workplace of different life experiences, such as taking time off to look after children.

"Caroline loved running, reading and travelling. She was well-known in her Ngaio community and in Paekakariki, where she spent many weekends and holidays.

"There was still so much she wanted to accomplish and experience."

A funeral for Boyd will be held on Tuesday next week.