Wednesday May 17, 2017
Winning Moves Managing Director Reid Herbert (l), Justin Lester, and Rich Uncle Pennybags pose atop the Cable Car. PHOTO: Sam Tattersfield
By Sam Tattersfield MASSEY JOURNALISM STUDENT
What do Auckland, bass fishing, and One Direction have in common? They all have their own incarnations of the iconic fastdealing property trading game, and Wellington is set to join the group this November. The game was announced by manufacturers Winning Moves at the top terminal of one of Wellington’s most celebrated sights, the Cable Car, on Tuesday morning, May 9. The public has until August 15 to submit ideas for what landmarks and streets should fill the board, with the two most popular ideas taking the dark blue properties. Chance cards and community chests will also be themed based on public submission.
Suggestions so far include a chance card where your properties need seismic strengthening, replacing railway stations with coffee roasteries or Wairarapa wineries, and swapping out utilities for theatres. One of the most popular submissions for a chance card was at the expense of former Mayor Celia Wade-Brown: “Congratulations you get to be [Mayor] for the day. Go directly to civic square and collect $100 from each of the other players to pay for Island Bay Cycle redesign.” Wellington Mayor Justin Lester spoke at the announcement of the new game, and suggested Te Whanganui-a-Tara, the Wellington harbour, as replacement for Mayfair on the coveted, game-changing, final dark blue square. “I hope that the Wellington Monopoly will eradicate now, as the
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Independent Herald 17-05-17