A pedestrian is in critical condition after being hit by a car near Hikuai.
A police statement said State Highway 25 was closed at Hikuai after a single vehicle crash involving a pedestrian about 6.50am just south of the Tairua River.
The male pedestrian has been airlifted to hospital in a critical condition.
Diversions are being set up at State Highway 25A south of the scene.
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The road is likely to be closed for some time.
Motorists are asked to delay travel if at all possible.