A child's unexplained death is now the centre of a police investigation in Palmerston North.

Authorities in Manawatu are looking into the circumstances behind the youngster's death on Monday night.

A police statement said the child - whose age has not been given - was admitted to Palmerston North Hospital some time on June 1, Queen's Birthday.

Police said the child died that night.

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No other details, including the youngster's gender, have been released by authorities.

"Inquiries are underway to establish the circumstances. Further updates will be made when available."