Fa­mil­iar names for Auck­lan­ders in new ver­sion of Mo­nop­oly

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By EMMA WHIT­TAKER

The Auck­land ver­sion of Mo­nop­oly is get­ting a pro­vi­sional thumbs up from one of the game’s true cham­pi­ons.

Auck­land’s edi­tion of the 77-year-old board game was un­veiled yes­ter­day.

Well-known Lon­don sites have been brushed off the board to make way for lo­ca­tions like the Auck­land Har­bour Bridge, Mo­tat and Wynyard Quar­ter.

The Sky Tower has taken the place of May­fair as the game’s most ex­pen­sive prop­erty.

Karanga­hape Rd also fea­tures, but has been mis­pelled ‘‘Karang­hape Rd’’. The game’s man­u­fac­tur­ers hope to fix the er­ror in the next round of pro­duc­tion.

Mo­nop­oly whiz Ge­off Christo­pher’s 15 min­utes of fame came in Oc­to­ber 2009 when he reached the fi­nal of the World Mo­nop­oly Cham­pi­onships af­ter win­ning the New Zealand ti­tle.

Mr Christo­pher, aka the Nim­ble Thimble, lived in Grey Lynn at the time.

He lost the world fi­nal held at Las Ve­gas’ famed Cae­sars Palace ho­tel to 19-year-old Nor­we­gian Bjorn Hal­vard Knapp­skog.

‘‘The fi­nal was crazy. They put on a $20,000 bar tab for the af­ter party, which kind of sums it up, and there were all th­ese cam­eras ev­ery­where film­ing for dif­fer­ent net­works and doc­u­men­taries.’’

Mr Christo­pher doesn’t play of­ten th­ese days but says he would be will­ing to give it a go.

‘‘It’s a fresh ap­proach to a his­toric game, it could be quite in­ter­est­ing.’’

The 29-year-old agrees with the move by the game’s man­u­fac­turer Win­ning Moves to make most of the prop­er­ties on the board well known lo­cales like the Star­dome, Har­bour Bridge, and Wynyard Quar­ter rather than streets.

‘‘I think some peo­ple maybe get more at­tached to a place street.’’

He says he would have liked to see the Viaduct make it in.

‘‘With all those bars, I wouldn’t mind own­ing it.’’

The Auck­land ver­sion of Mo­nop­oly will go on sale on Novem­ber 1.

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Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Pass go: New Zealand Mo­nop­oly cham­pion Ge­off Christo­pher says the new Auck­land ver­sion of the game is a fresh ap­proach to a his­toric game.

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