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The toddler killed in a driveway on Christmas Eve has been named.
Three-year-old Te Haeata Pitiroi was struck by a car on a shared driveway in Hatepe village near Taupo at 8.55pm on Monday.
Taupo police said it appeared that a woman was leaving a property down a shared driveway on Te Mako Mako Lane when her car struck Te Haeata.
Attempts to revive him at the scene were unsuccessful.
Police said the death of a child was tragic at any time but was particularly poignant given the death occurred on Christmas Eve.