Coronavirus: Protective gear being sent to New Zealand from China

A mission is underway to fill New Zealand's stocks of protective gear, thanks to a private group which has given up waiting for the Government.

Several planes will carry the shipment coming from China. Masks, gowns and face-guards will be sent, and hand sanitiser and other PPE-like shoe covers are also on their way.

The seven cargo planes filled with supplies are due to land later this week. 

Newshub has learned the shipment follows top-level Government talks involving business heavyweights Graeme Hart, Sir Stephen Tindall, Craig Heatley, Nick Mowbray and Sam Morgan. 

Government business liaison Rob Fyfe has played a key role, and Anna Mowbray is organising it.

The gear will be provided to the Government at cost.