Police have now arrested a 21-year-old man following a person being struck by a car on River Road in Kawerau this morning.
He is due to appear in the Whakatāne District Court tomorrow charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
The car left the scene immediately following the incident, which was reported to Police at 10.50am.
The person was airlifted to hospital with serious injuries.
A scene examination has now been completed and the road re-opened.
Police thank those members of the public who have provided information and CCTV footage to Police so far.