While the Government meets the ownership costs (land and buildings) of state schools from general taxation, the Catholic church has to meet the ownership costs of its schools from those who attend them. By law each diocese is able to charge parents and caregivers of children at Catholic schools a fee to meet those costs. This is known as an attendance due. Parents and caregivers are legally obliged to pay this; it is not a donation or voluntary payment. The payment is not based on any capital expenditure at the school you attend. It represents your share of the overall costs each year of continuing to provide a Catholic school option for children in Otago and Southland.
Attendance dues are collected by the Dunedin Diocese on behalf of the Bishop. This is not administered by the school.
Further information on attendance dues can be found here.