$5 levy kicks in today

23:09, Sep 30 2013
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Southland District Council Mayor Frana Cardno pays her $5 visitor levy, which came into effect today, at the honesty box on Stewart Island.

The $5 levy to visit Stewart Island came into effect today.

Southland District Council representatives, Cruise New Zealand and Stewart Island residents participated in the launch of the levy.

Southland District Council chief executive Dave Adamson said about $150,000 was expected to be generated from the levy each year.

Visitors could pay the $5 levy as part of their airfare, ferry trip, cruise ship costs or through an honesty box on the island, Mr Adamson said.

Resident and councillor Bruce Ford said introducing the levy had been a 35-year project.

The money would be put towards upgrading walkways, the jetty, toilets and cleaning up the town, Mr Ford said.

"There's many many things we could do [with the money], we could have been spending it yesterday," he said.

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