Auckland gets own Monopoly

No more living in the shadow of London – Auckland is passing go and collecting it’s very own version of Monopoly.

The Auckland edition of the iconic board game was launched today at the Viaduct, on the city’s waterfront.

It’s not in production yet and Aucklanders are being asked to put forward their suggestions on which of the city’s locations they would like to take the spots of famous London locales on the board.

A Facebook page has been set up for nominations, and the game is expected to be on shelves by Christmas.

Mayor Len Brown is tipping Dominion Rd and One Tree Hill to take the prized Mayfair and Park Lane positions.

“They’ve already been immortalised in the songs of Don McGlashan and U2 respectively,” he says.

Mr Brown also tagged Queen St, Great North Rd, Matakana Village, and the Wynyard Quarter as landmarks he’d like to see on the board.

The game is being manufactured by Winning Moves under license from Hasbro.

Commercial director Reid Herbert said the company produced two localised versions of the game each year.

Perth is also receiving the honour this year.

“For too long Auckland has been living in London’s shadows,” he said.

“We see Auckland in the 21st century as being the gateway to New Zealand. It’s certainly a global city and its about time it was immortalised with a Monopoly board.

“Obviously it takes a lot to put one of these together.

“I don’t know where we’ll be going from here yet. Over the next year Mr Monopoly will drop me his ideas on where he wants to tour to next.”

Monopoly first hit shop shelves in 1935 and is now played in 111 countries in 43 different languages.

Auckland properties can be nominated for a place on the board until May 24 on Facebook or by emailing [email protected]

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