Monopoly rolls into Auck­land

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By EMMA WHIT­TAKER

Monopoly play­ers might have to pass through Wyn­yard Quar­ter and Queen St in­stead of the streets of Lon­don to col­lect $200 when an Auck­land ver­sion of the clas­sic board game is re­leased later in the year.

The game isn’t in pro­duc­tion yet and Auck­lan­ders are be­ing asked to put for­ward their sug­ges­tions for which of the city’s lo­ca­tions they would like to take the spots of fa­mous Lon­don lo­cales on the board.

A Face­book page has been set up for nom­i­na­tions.

Mayor Len Brown is tag­ging Queen St, Great North Rd, Matakana Vil­lage and the Wyn­yard Quar­ter as land­marks he’d like to see ap­pear.

Do­min­ion Rd and One Tree Hill are be­ing tipped to take the prized May­fair and Park Lane po­si­tions.

‘‘They’ve al­ready been im­mor­talised in the songs of Don Mc­Glashan and U2 re­spec­tively,’’ Mr Brown says.

The game is ex­pected to be on shelves by Christ­mas. It’s be­ing man­u­fac­tured by Win­ning Moves un­der li­cence from Has­bro.

Com­mer­cial di­rec­tor Reid Her­bert says the com­pany pro­duces two lo­calised ver­sions of the game each year.

Perth is also re­ceiv­ing the hon­our this year.

‘‘For too long Auck­land has been liv­ing in Lon­don’s shad­ows.

‘‘We see Auck­land in the 21st cen­tury as be­ing the gate­way to New Zealand.

‘‘It’s cer­tainly a global city and it’s about time it was im­mor­talised with a Monopoly board,’’ he says.

‘‘Ob­vi­ously it takes a lot to put one of th­ese to­gether.

‘‘I don’t know where we’ll be go­ing from here yet.

‘‘Over the next year Mr Monopoly will drop me his ideas on where he wants to tour to next,’’ he says.

Monopoly first hit shop shelves in 1935.

To­day it is played in 111 coun­tries in 43 dif­fer­ent lan­guages.

Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

Sport­ing guess: Wyn­yard Quar­ter and Queen St are get­ting the mayor’s vote to ap­pear in the Auck­land ver­sion of Monopoly.

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