Monopoly to launch Welling­ton edi­tion

The Wellingtonian - - Front Page - CHLOE WIN­TER

It is the most ex­pen­sive street on the board, but it’s worth ev­ery penny.

A search has be­gun to find out which lo­ca­tion should take the pres­ti­gious dark blue po­si­tion in a new edi­tion of Monopoly.

Over the years that spot - which can rake in thou­sands of dol­lars if your op­po­nent lands on it - has held the names of Lon­don’s May­fair and At­lantic City’s Board­walk. Now it’s Welling­ton’s turn.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from pop­u­lar board game Monopoly have an­nounced it is launch­ing a Welling­ton edi­tion, which will hit shelves in Novem­ber.

How­ever, be­fore the dice is rolled, Monopoly fans will have a chance to say what prop­er­ties they would like to see on the board.

The two most pop­u­lar prop­er­ties will re­place the hot­ly­con­tested May­fair and Park Lane po­si­tions from the orig­i­nal Lon­don Monopoly board.

Welling­ton Mayor Justin Lester nom­i­nated Te Whanganuia-tara (Welling­ton Har­bour) as the best prospect for the top spot on the board.

Win­ning Moves will man­u­fac­ture the of­fi­cial Welling­ton ver­sion of Monopoly un­der li­cense from Has­bro. Manag­ing direc­tor Reid Her­bert said all 22 free prop­erty squares would be named by the pub­lic vote.

No money would change hands to se­cure a spot, he said.

Welling­to­ni­ans have un­til Au­gust 15 to have their say through the of­fi­cial Face­book page.

The game will also in­clude Welling­ton-themed Com­mu­nity Chest and Chance play­ing cards.

Mayor Justin Lester wtih a mockup of the new edi­tion.

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