Re­gion’s Mo­nop­oly board un­veiled

Upper Hutt Leader - - FRONT PAGE - CHLOE WIN­TER AND JES­SICA LONG

‘‘It would have been the ic­ing on the cake to have Wainuiomata there as well but the val­ley fea­tures well, so we're pleased.’’

None of the three most pop­u­lar places cho­sen by the pub­lic have made it to Welling­ton’s ver­sion of Mo­nop­oly.

And nei­ther did Welling­ton Cable Car, de­spite the launch of the board game be­ing held at the top of it in May. And it turns out this was not be­cause they did not want to be part of it, but be­cause they re­fused to pay.

The cap­i­tal’s board was un­veiled on Thurs­day at Ori­en­tal Bay, re­veal­ing all 22 Welling­ton re­gion-themed squares.

Ori­en­tal Bay and Lambton Quay have come out on top, re­plac­ing the pres­ti­gious May­fair and Park Lane po­si­tions re­spec­tively from the Bri­tish ver­sion of the board.

How­ever, Wainuiomata, The Roxy cin­ema, and Cuba St’s fa­mous Bucket Foun­tain, all missed out, de­spite them be­ing the most pop­u­lar votes by the pub­lic. Welling­ton Cable Car also missed out.

Welling­ton Cable Car chief ex­ec­u­tive Si­mon Fleisher said it turned down the op­por­tu­nity to be on the board be­cause game maker Win­ning Moves asked for money.

I can’t re­mem­ber what they asked for, but it wasn’t a mas­sive amount. We are not a big or­gan­i­sa­tion any­way and we said thanks, it’s nice to be asked, but we’ll just let it go.’’

Pamela Ro­drigues, mar­ket­ing man­ager of Win­ning Moves, said she could not say who paid to be on the board, or how much they paid.

Win­ning Moves man­ag­ing direc­tor Reid Her­bert said the Welling­ton Cable Car was part of the board mon­tage, but did not make it on to a prop­erty square.

‘‘It’s a real shame, I would have loved to have had them on the board, but sadly they didn’t want to be a part of it.’’

The lo­cal edi­tion will in­clude Welling­ton-themed Com­mu­nity Chest and Chance play­ing cards, but will re­tain the orig­i­nal play­ing pieces. The Dominion Post, which is a spon­sor of the game, has its name on one of the Chance squares.

Other no­table land­marks of the city that fea­ture on the board in­clude Te Papa, Zealan­dia, Weta Cave, Welling­ton Zoo, and the Na­tional War Me­mo­rial – which fea­tures as one of the two cheap­est prop­er­ties on the board, along with the Botanic Gar­dens.

RSA na­tional pres­i­dent BJ Clark said it did not make a dif­fer­ence whether the me­mo­rial was in the cheap­est place, or the dear­est. ‘‘The place­ment of the street, and its dol­lar value, is less im­por­tant than the de­sign­ers choos­ing to re­mem­ber our vet­er­ans.’’ Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wal­lace said he was dis­ap­pointed Wainuiomata didn’t make the cut, but was ‘‘ab­so­lutely rapt about Pe­tone Beach, Queens­gate [Mall] and Hutt River be­ing on the board’’. ‘‘We’re ab­so­lutely de­lighted it’s [Hutt Val­ley] on there. It would have been the ic­ing on the cake to have Wainuiomata there as well but the val­ley fea­tures well, so we’re pleased.’’ The board was about cel­e­brat­ing the greater Welling­ton re­gion and the Hutt was a ‘‘very im­por­tant part’’ of it, Wal­lace said. Any­one who thought oth­er­wise should ‘‘get with the pro­gramme’’, Wal­lace said. Mo­nop­oly first hit the shelves in 1935. The Welling­ton ver­sion costs $55, and 5000 games have been made. An Auck­land ver­sion of Mo­nop­oly was launched in 2013. There is also a New Zealand edi­tion.

Lower Hutt Mayor RayWal­lace The board in­cludes Pe­tone Beach, Queens­gate Mall and the Hutt River.

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