Child in critical condition after being hit by vehicle at east Auckland school

A child is in critical condition after being hit by a vehicle at an east Auckland primary school on Tuesday morning.

Emergency services were called to the serious crash on Wells Road in Bucklands Beach around 8:40am.

The incident occurred in a carpark at Pigeon Mountain Primary School.

A spokesperson for police said the child, who was a pedestrian, is in critical condition and is being transported to hospital.

"The Serious Crash Unit has been notified and will be examining the scene."

Photos from the scene show three ambulance vehicles in attendance with tape and cones blocking off the car park.

A St John spokesperson said they received a call regarding the incident at 8:39am and they sent two ambulances and two rapid response vehicles.

One patient was transported in a critical condition to Starship Hospital.

The presiding member of the school's board Mark Eades acknowledged the incident in a letter on Tuesday.

"This morning an accident took place on the pathway leading into school from Wells Road involving a car and a child," he said. "The child has been transported to hospital and our thoughts are with the family."

Eades said the board has reached out to the Ministry of Education's specialist team who will provide support for students, staff and the community.

"School remains open, and our focus is on supporting our learners and staff. Our neighbouring schools have been notified.

"We will endeavour to keep our community updated whilst respecting the wishes and privacy of the family involved. Thank you to everyone for your ongoing support."