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version 2000

versie 2000.


New Zealand flag.

  Number of versions: 5

  Edition: December 18, 2002

Initially the English edition, with the streets of London, was also manufactured and published. Only much later the so-called "New Zealand Edition" was issued. Mostly the properties in a Parker Brothers/Hasbro issue are those of the countries capital. However, in this case it concerns (like f.e. in the Dutch and Swiss editions) a number of cities of the country.
It was Duncan Macleod from the Gold Coast, Australia who could tell me from which 22 cities the streets were chosen.

The spaces of the New Zealand editions are from GO onwards:

Palmerston Street
(Westport - South Island) - Community Chest - Mackay  Street (Greymouth - South Island) - Income Tax - Balclutha Station (South Island) - East Street (Asburton - South Island) - Chance - Stafford  Street (Timaru - South Island) - Thames Street (Oamaru - South Island) - In Jail - Gladstone Road (Gisborne - North Island) - Electric Company - Marine Parade (Napier - North Island) - Bank Street (Whangarei - North Island) - Taumarunui Station (North Island) - Devon Street (New Plymouth - North Island) - Community Chest - Rangitikei Street (Palmerston North - North Island) - Victoria Avenue (Wanganui - North Island) - Free Parking - High Street (Picton - South Island) - Chance - Market Street (Blenheim - South Island) - Trafalgar Street (Nelson - South Island) - Kaikoura Station (South Island) - Cameron Road (Tauranga - North Island) - Fenton Street (Rotorua - North Island) - Water Works - Garden Place(Hamilton - North Island) -  Go to Jail - Dee Street (Invercargill - South Island) - Princes Street (Dunedin - South Island) - Community Chest - Cathedral Square (Christchurch - South Island) - Frankton Junction (Hamilton - North Island) - Chance - Lambton Quay (Wellington - capital of the country) - Super Tax  and Queen Street (Auckland - largest city of the country).


Mini-box-red, with LONDON gameboard-1953.Edition: Standard - London edition with separate board
              "Mini box" - red - Trade Mark 711981

Publisher: John Waddington Ltd./Thos Holdsworth & Sons Ltd. - ±1953
Dimensions of the box:16.4 x 19.3 x 2.7 cm
                  of the board: 49.0 x 49.5 cm 
The game:
This edition with the streets of London is in all details exactly the same as the one manufactured in the UK (London/Leeds) in the fifties. The red bordered sticker with "lokomotives illustration" under the word Monopoly clearly says: "Manufactured in N.Z. by Thos. Holdsworth & Sons Ltd. under Licence  to John Waddington Ltd.".

The railways in Great Britain were nationalised in 1948 and from then on were called British Railways. The featured stations were L.N.E.R. owned before this. Since the game board's stations are here of the British Railways, the set must be from after 1948. 
The 1950s and 1960s were what I will call “the copyrightless era”. On the one side Waddington’s lokomotives illustration is still used, while on the other side Parker Brothers' copyright is mentioned not until from 1961. On the mini box of the English, Australian and New Zealand editions is only Trade Mark with or without the number 711981. (
The meaning of this number is not clear yet.) That is why I assume this set with its very special flat tokens was issued around 1953. 

Features of this edition are:

The lid of the box is red while the innerbox is green lined.

The  Chance-cards are entirely yellow, the Community Chest-cards are entirely pink.  

The rent of the unimproved Piccadilly is £ 22.-, which is the same as for the other 2 yellow streets. As from 1961, the Parker Brothers copyright year, this rent was increased to £ 24.-.

At the end of the Rules ("For from 3 to 7 Players") it is said that questions on the game could be sent to the manufacturer. For an answer “Please enclose 3d. stamp”. This was the price for a letter in the fifties.

At the very end of the Rules is printed "W. & H. Ltd. - 2104". Perhaps this number is a kind of ref. nr.?

The banknotes have the original colors and denominations of:  1 - 5 -10 - 20 - 50 - 100 and 500.  

The 6 tokens are flat metal figures on a foot. The figures are: buldozer - tank - car - motor with rider - electric engine and sailing boat (gold).

The blue green  houses and red hotels are of  dull wood.  

This set has one red and one white die of 12 mm.

There is a controlslip signed by the Checker.

This set was manufactured in New Zealand.

This set was sold on the ebay auction site for US$ 154.49 in March 2000. 


Early New Zealand edition - ±1960.Edition: Standard - New Zealand edition, Stock No. 2321
Publisher: Waddington's Games Ltd./Thos.Holdsworth & Sons Ltd. - ±1960
Dimensions of the box: 25.8 x 50.2 cm
The game:
This first (?) New Zealand edition was issued by the same manufacturer as of the earlier mentioned London edition. 
The reasons to decide to place the issue of this edition around 1960 are:

There is nothing that indicates a Parker Brothers influence.

The mention "Registered Trade Mark" indicates the period 1950/1960.

The rent of the unimproved Garden Place is $ 22.-, which is the same as  for the other 2 yellow streets. As from 1961, this rent was 
increased to
 $ 24.-. This was the case in all editions issued by Parker Brothers and Waddington in those years.

The logo of "drawn Uncle Pennybags between two engines and the £-sign" wasn't used after 1961.

Because New Zealand is member of the Commonwealth it is obvious that the design is that of Waddington, i.e.:

The lid has the red - white - red bar design, although not over the whole surface.

The word MONOPOLY in open characters on the game board's centrefield, parallel to side 1.

The green lokomotives on the stations point backwards.

There is no blue treasure chest on the Community Chest fields, nor the gold ring on the Super Tax field.

The red car on Free Parking has white tyres.

Typical and special for this edition is:

The black and white illustration of the country's islands (with red dotted towns) at the left part of the lid.

The black and white presentation of a great part of the fourth side, incl. Go on the lid.

The solid game board's fold is perpendicular on side one and it's back can be dark green or pink. The innerbox contains a red cardboard insert only showing MONOPOLY in large characters and a white plastic "banker's tray" for the 7 banknotes. The bottom of the box is white.
The banknotes say "Registered Trade Mark" and "© All Copyrights Reserved". The 7 denominations in N.Z. dollars are: 1 - 5 - 10 - 20 - 50 - 100 and 500.
The back of the Chance cards is dark pink and that of the Community Chest cards is blue.
Although the rim of the lid says "for up to 6 players" there are 10 of those well-known metal tokens: boat - shoe - rider-on-horse - iron - car - wheel barrow - thimble - canon - hat and dog.
The green houses and red hotels are of plastic and have tiles as well as a chimney. 
Both dice are white with black pips.

This edition in a long box was manufactured in New Zealand.


Ref.04400 edition of 1996.Edition: Standard - New Zealand edition, Ref. No. 04400779IEN 
Publisher: Parker Brothers/Hasbro Int., Inc. -1996       
Dimensions of the box: 25.4 x 50.5 cm
The game:
Whereas the1960 design was only according to Waddington in this version the Parker Brothers influence is obvious: Although the engines on the railway stations are still the green ones pointing backwards 

the word Monopoly is now in the well-known red bar in diagonal on the centrefield of the game board.

Rich Uncle Pennybags (which is named Mr. Monopoly since 2000) arises from the mid O of the word Monopoly.

the Community Chest spaces now show the blue treasure chest.
However, there is still no gold ring with diamond on the Super Tax field as there normally is in the Parker Brothers editions.

The only place where the Ref.No. is shown is on the Rules and nowhere on the box.

The innerbox contains an insert of white plastic in which the rooms for the cards and the banknotes are filled up with cardboard filling pieces. The bottom of the box shows a black and white picture of the game board with the money and property cards of 4 players around it. 
The fold of the board (with red back) is parallel to the first side in this issue. The rent of the unimproved yellow street Garden Place is $ 24.- now.
Although these Rules say the game is for "up to 6 players" there are 10 tokens supplied, viz.: boat - car - iron - thimble - rider-on-horse - hat - dog - canon - shoe and  wheel barrow.
The 7 denominations of the banknotes (showing "copyright 1996 Hasbro Int.Inc.") in NZ$ are: 1 - 5 - 10 - 20 - 50 - 100 and 500.
The green houses and red hotels are of plastic and have tiles as well as a chimney. 
Both dice are white with black pips.

This is most probably the last edition that is Made in New Zealand by Hasbro NZ Ltd.

 N.Z.edition of 1999.Edition: Standard - New Zealand edition, Ref. No. 04400 NZ
Publisher: Parker Brothers/Hasbro Int., Inc. -1999
Dimensions of the box: 25.4 x 50.5 cm
The game:
This issue resembles the 1996 very much (incl. the banknotes) except for:

the fold of the gameboard that is parallel to side 2.

the mentioned Ref.No. is clearly shown on the bottom of the box.

the set is Made in China C-267A. (Who can tell me what C-267A means?)

The price of this set amounted to NZ$ 40.- (=  € 19.60) in April 2001.



New Zealand edition in new standard box-2000.Edition: Standard - New Zealand edition, Ref. No.00009.283
Publisher: Parker Brothers/Hasbro Inc. - 2000
Dimensions of the box: 26.8 x 40.0 cm
The game:
This edition is a sample of the "new look" according to the new standard since 1996 of all of Hasbro's games boxes. The fresh white and red box shows a red bar and a part of the fourth side of the board in color. So herewith the long box we called Standard so far disappears!
This new box (with ref.14535 in Europe and 00009 in the USA  and New Zealand) contains a white plastic tray insert with newly shaped slots for the banknotes and title cards of the banker. (The number 283 indicates the country).
The board is folded in four and its back side is blue, the play side being light green. The set is manufactured in China and contains the same black and white picture of the game board and banknotes at the back of the box as the preceding long boxes. 
The white 1996-dated Chance cards have dark red ? in a frame, while the Community Chest cards have a light blue treasure chest in a frame at the backside. The banknotes are those of the 1996 issue.
As a sticker on the lid is announcing the number of tokens is extended with the new moneybag token, although the game is said to be "for 2 to 8 players". 
The green, plastic houses and red hotels do have tiles and a chimney. 
Both dice are white with black pips.

This edition is also Made in China C-267A.

The price of this set amounted to NZ$ 35.- (=  € 17.15) in March 2001.




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