A boy, 10, has died in the North Island after being dragged by a horse.
The incident happened early on Saturday evening in the small rural settlement of Waiomio, in Northland.
Police and emergency services, including St John Ambulance, were called to the scene shortly before 6.30pm.
The boy was transported to the Bay of Islands Hospital in a critical condition, but he died soon afterwards.
The circumstances are being investigated and the matter has been referred to the Coroner.