5000 Monopoly Wellington boards distributed to Kiwi retailers for November launch video

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We asked people on the streets of the capital what their Mayfair, Old Kent Road, and Wellington-themed community chest and player counters would be.

The makers of Wellington's version of the popular board game Monopoly are remaining tight-lipped 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 first-edition 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.

Mr Monopoly and Wellington Mayor Justin Lester will host an event in November to reveal the completed Monopoly ...

Mr Monopoly and Wellington Mayor Justin Lester will host an event in November to reveal the completed Monopoly Wellington board.

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

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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.

As a result, more than 400 people contacted the company with suggested names through Facebook, direct messages and emails.

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.

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Winning Moves, which made the Wellington edition under license 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.

 - Stuff


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