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Wainuiomata appears to be in the running to take the most prestigious place on Wellington’s version of Monopoly.
Facebook voting put the suburb among the three most popular choices, alongside The Roxy cinema, and Cuba St’s famous Bucket Fountain.
When the makers of the board game announced the new edition in May, Winning Moves, which is making the game under license from Hasbro indicated the public would decide the location of the crucial dark blue properties.
‘‘The two most popular properties will replace the prestigious dark blue Mayfair and Park Lane positions from the original London Monopoly board.’’
Now the public has spoken, the makers are remaining tight-lipped on which ones will take the dark blue positions, refusing to give details of another 150 votes.
Winning Move managing director Reid Herbert said more than 400 people contacted the company with suggested names through Facebook, direct messages and emails.
‘‘We are confident that the board will be a true representation of key Wellington locations.’’ In an online poll run by Stuff on the day of the announcement, more than half of the 5700 people who voted chose Oriental Parade to take the prestigious Mayfair spot. This was fol- lowed by Lambton Quay.
All 22 property squares were to be named by public vote, which ended last week. Fans were given three months to have their say on which parts of the city make it to the table.
The Wellington edition is expected to hit the shelves in November. It will include Wellington themed ‘Community Chest’ and ‘Chance’ playing cards, however it will retain the original playing pieces.
Monopoly first hit the shelves in 1935, and has since been played by more than 1 billion people.
Today, it is played in 111 countries and has been produced in more than 43 different languages.
An Auckland version of Monopoly was launched in 2013. There is also a New Zealand edition.