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.