Hutt vies for places to feature on Wellington Monopoly board
Could Jackson St or Knights Rd replace Mayfair's coveted dark blue square? Hutt locals have begun campaigning to fill the Wellington edition of Monopoly with their favourite streets and stations.
From Dowse Dr to the Horse and Hound pub, people have posted their suggestions under a series of videos released by National MP and Hutt South candidate Chris Bishop.
In his first video, Bishop asks viewers which places in the Hutt deserve to be included in the game after Winning Moves, the company producing the Wellington edition, began taking nominations for space names on Facebook.
In the following videos he urges people to throw their support behind well known places in the Hutt such as Knights Rd, Dowse Dr, Jackson St, The Esplanade and Waterloo Railway Station.
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The videos have had more than 10,000 views and have received lots of comments.
Bishop said the videos were a "bit of fun" and a great way to promote the Hutt.
"It's pretty cool. I'm sure there's lots of people who have sat at home and played Monopoly and thought 'what would be [on the board] if there was a Wellington version?'"
Bishop's top pick is Petone's Jackson St which he said deserved to be on the board citing the heritage and history of the street.
It also embodied the revival of Petone, which was now full of restaurants, cafes, boutique shops and small businesses.
"I'd be very upset if [Jackson St] didn't make the final version," he said.
Hasbro, which owns the rights to Monopoly, recently revealed the boot, thimble and wheelbarrow playing pieces would be replaced in it's newest edition - with a T-Rex, penguin and a rubber duck..
Bishop, whose favourite piece is the thimble, said the decision was "outrageous" and "an absolute shocker".
But Winning Moves confirmed the Wellington edition, which will hit the shelves in November, would retain the old playing pieces.
- Hutt News