29 Jun 2020

Government to spend $150 million on PPE

From Checkpoint, 5:13 pm on 29 June 2020

All passengers flying into New Zealand on the national carrier will be strongly encouraged to wear masks for their journey, as a further step to protect the border.

The Government will spend $150 million buying stocks of PPE to make sure front line workers, including those in managed isolation and quarantine facilities, have access to gloves, gowns and masks.

It will also pay for masks to be made available to all incoming Air New Zealand flights.

Anyone in isolation facilities will have to use masks and gloves when in common areas, like exercise grounds.

This follows an audit of the isolation regime at the border, that found PPE has not been used consistently on flights, in transit and en route to hotels.

RNZ's political editor Jane Patterson has the details.