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