Monopoly: The turbo edition

MATHEW GROCOTT
Last updated 09:50 27/04/2013

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Ever wanted to own a hotel on The Square? How about your own brewery or a wind farm overlooking Palmerston North?

Aucklanders are to get their own version of Monopoly, to be produced by game-maker Winning Moves, in time for Christmas. The city's residents were asked to put forward their suggestions on which locations should be included.

But staff at the Manawatu Standard thought they shouldn't be allowed to have all the fun so we came up with our own turbo version.

After much heated debate we gave the first stop on the board to heritage area Savage Crescent, with other landmarks including Owlcatraz, Ohakea Air Force Base, the Tui Brewery, and the region's iconic gorge.

Palmerston North's elected leader, Mayor Jono Naylor, didn't get a vote but he told the Standard he would have pushed for a road near Centennial Lagoon for one of the premier blue squares.

"Those really nice houses back on to the lagoon - Caccia Birch Lane, Jickell St," he said. "What could Old Kent Rd and Whitechapel be? I'd have to think Ada St and Morris St."

Both streets are home to numerous student flats.

"I guess you could use the turbines for the electrical company and the Turitea Dam for the water works."

While the Standard's board matches one of those suggestions, Mr Naylor laughed at the inclusion of Feilding as the free parking square. He was worried it would be called Frog Parking, after the name of Palmerston North's much-maligned paid parking system. The parking meters do not escape a mention, though, as they take the spot of revenue collection on the board.

Destination Manawatu chief executive Lance Bickford said the Coachhouse Museum was the region's largest tourist drawcard and should have been included, along with Te Manawa and the Rugby Museum.

He said there was a growing recognition of what Manawatu had to offer both visitors and residents, with tourist numbers to the region increasing.

Following the announcement of Auckland's game, Manawatu residents took to Twitter to suggest Chance and Community Chest cards to be used in a Palmerston North version of Monopoly

"You notice an empty section, but fail to build a fast food joint. Miss a turn," Mark Inman wrote.

Cassie Rowe suggested a card that reads: "Have photo taken in front of clock tower lights for FB profile pic. Pay every player $20", while Andy Whitson wrote: "You move your car out of the Plaza car park then back in to avoid paying hourly fee. Go directly to jail."

But perhaps the best effort was that of @KiwiNomad08, a Manawatu teacher who uses a pseudonym online. "Big City Media portrays you as boring but you snigger and know they're wrong. Take $200 reward as you pass go."

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HAVE YOUR SAY What do you think should feature on the Manawatu Monopoly board? Write to the editor at PO Box 3, Palmerston North, or editor@msl.co.nz (include names and addresses), or text to 027 498 1242.

- Manawatu Standard

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