Fri. Nov 18th, 2022

It’s more known for its fizz than its cowboys, but Foxton is passing for Texas in a mystery film production.
The small lower North Island town is best known for its rich flax history, horse-drawn trams, a Dutch windmill and well-loved American Restaurant Big Tex. But it is to feature in an upcoming production by Powder Keg Farms Ltd.
The venture closed Hickford Rd from 6am to 5pm on Tuesday, as well as Himatangi Block Rd from 6am to 10am, and Foxton Shannon Rd from 10am to 1pm on Wednesday. However, road users reported that closures were still in place at 5pm on Wednesday.
A Horowhenua District Council spokesman said it was a film set in Texas, and featured American cars that were driving on the left side of the road.
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When Stuff visited on Tuesday, dozens of cars, caravans and tents were stationed on farm land near the Foxton cemetery.
Hickford Rd was closed all day for filming.
The Foxton terrain flaunts long and flat roads, with farms and rolling fields, while Texas is known for deserts, barbecues and hot temperatures.
Texas is America’s second largest state, with a population of 29 million. Foxton sports just 3130 residents, almost beyond compare with a state best known for its cowboy boots and country music.
The films production manager would not comment, and said the crew was working on a work site.
The companies’ office shows the production company was incorporated as a business in September last year, with a registered address in New York.
There are four American directors listed, as well as a New Zealand location scout.
Horowhenua mayor Bernie Wanden did not know anything about the filming, and the council would not provide more information without consent.