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Diners at seven Wakatipu restaurants can add $2 to their bill to help needy Kiwi families and young people.

The restaurants – Queens­town’s Pier 19, Captains, Wild Thyme, Lone Star and Botswana Butchery plus Millbrook Resort’s Hole in One and Millhouse – are among 150 in New Zealand that have joined a new charity concept called DineAid.

The scheme, running this month and next, was brought to NZ by new Millbrook restaurant mentor and former British Chef of the Year Mark Gregory (right).

He’s been involved in the similar UK charity StreetSmart, since its inception nine years ago.

“It has raised more than $NZ9 million since 1998 and is now very much a Christmas institution in the UK.”

With sponsors covering administration costs, 100 per cent of money DineAid collects will go to charities involved with families at risk, youth training and mentoring, Gregory says.