A child has been taken to hospital after what is being described as a "water incident" in northern Waikato this afternoon.

The child was in a moderate condition when taken by St John ambulance from Mangatangi, 20 kilometres east of Pokeno, to Kidz First Children's Hospital in South Auckland, a St John spokeswoman said.

The spokeswoman couldn't confirm the child's age or sex.

A St John ambulance and first response unit were sent after the alarm was raised, and
the Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter was also dispatched, but not needed.

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Emergency services were called at 1.31pm.

Mangatangi, which is between Mangatawhiri and Miranda, is a tiny settlement of around 20 homes, as well as a school and playcentre.