A six-year-old boy is in a critical condition after he was hit by a car in Otara, South Auckland.

A St John spokeswoman said two ambulances rushed to Ashton Ave at 3.10pm.

The child was in a critical condition and was transported to Starship children's hospital, she said.

Witnesses told Stuff the young boy was running across the road from a house to a 21st party, being hosted in a church, when he was struck by a car.

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It is understood the driver of the car is speaking to police.

The Serious Crash Unit will examine the scene.

A resident of the street told NZME she had written Auckland Council to ask for yellow lines along on side of Ashton Road and a pedestrian crossing near St John's School.

"Cars parking along Ashton Road at school pick up has been a problem for a long time but no one has made a formal complaint to the council," one woman said.

"My community isn't the type to complain, but I feel something needs to be done, it has always been a concern of mine."

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