Welling­ton board on pre­sale


The mak­ers of Welling­ton’s ver­sion of the pop­u­lar board game Mo­nop­oly are re­main­ing tightlipped on the fi­nal cut, as the first batch makes its way to Kiwi shores.

Pre­sales of the game started last week, as 5000 were sent to re­tail­ers through­out New Zealand. As of Thurs­day, 26 firste­di­tion copies with a price tag of $55 had al­ready been snapped up.

In Au­gust, Lower Hutt sub­urb Wainuiomata, Mi­ra­mar’s The Roxy cin­ema, and Cuba St’s fa­mous Bucket Foun­tain were re­vealed as the three most pop­u­lar choices.

How­ever, eager Welling­to­ni­ans will have to wait un­til Novem­ber 2 to find out ex­actly what made the cut.

Pamela Ro­drigues, mar­ket­ing man­ager of board game mak­ers Win­ning Moves, said the game was ready and was be­ing dis­trib­uted to re­tail­ers across the coun­try.

The ‘‘most pop­u­lar and his­tor­i­cally rel­e­vant places to the city’’ were con­sid­ered when choos­ing the names and places of the 22 prop­erty squares, she said.

Fol­low­ing the an­nounce­ment of the new Mo­nop­oly ver­sion in May, fans were given three months to have their say on which parts of the city made it to the ta­ble.

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 fol­lowed by Lambton Quay.

Win­ning Moves, which made the Welling­ton edi­tion un­der li­cence from Has­bro, is now on a ‘‘re­gional man­hunt’’ for the capital’s big­gest Mo­nop­oly en­thu­si­ast.

The win­ner will get to at­tend the launch of the board, as well as an in­vite to the ‘‘af­ter party’’.

The lo­cal edi­tion will in­clude Welling­ton-themed ‘Com­mu­nity Chest’ and ‘Chance’ play­ing cards, how­ever 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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