Mr Monopoly and Auckland Mayor Len Brown roll the dice.
Photo Greg Bowker/NZ Herald
One of the world's most popular board games, Monopoly,
has unveiled an Auckland edition of the game, however one of
the city's most iconic streets has been misspelled.
The first edition of the Auckland game misspelled Karangahape
Road, which makes up one of the red properties, as
"Karanghape Road" and will subsequently have to be
More than 20 Auckland landmarks were selected to replace the
famous London streets from the original board game after
public submissions were taken via Facebook earlier this year.
The Sky Tower took out the coveted Mayfair spot, while
Auckland University, Auckland Zoo and Hilton Auckland made up
the green properties.
Monopoly spokesman Andrew Thompson said the Sky Tower not
only received the top spot, but also its own Chance Card,
giving players the opportunity to "Climb new heights and
advance to Sky Tower".
The light blue properties highlighted Auckland's connection
with the sea and were made up of Devonport, Wynyard Quarter
and the Maritime Museum.
Even Auckland's utilities were localised, with the inclusion
of Auckland Water and Electricity Auckland.
The railroads were made up of Akoranga Busway Station,
Newmarket Railway Station, Birkenhead Ferry Wharf and
Britomart Transport Centre.
Other New Zealand cities may also be in the running to
receive their own localised version, Mr Thompson said.
"In 2014 I will be travelling the country to identify which
will be the next cities to have their own Monopoly, and we'll
also be seeking suggestions from the public."
Monopoly was first sold in 1935. It is played in more than
100 countries and produced in 43 languages.
- Brendan Manning of APNZ