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The Wellingtonian - - Front Page - CHLOE WIN­TER

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.

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