Horopito, New Zealand
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Horopito was the setting for the 1981 New Zealand feature film Smash Palace. More recently (2011) there has been talk of a short film set in a caravan in Horopito. The film will be entered into the Cannes Film Festival.
In the early days Horopito was a bustling sawmilling town. It had a school, two hotels, a bank, a strip club, post office and numerous houses. In the 1920/30s Horopito fell into decline. People left for better work opportunities. Today nothing remains of most of the buildings. The hub of Horopito is the wreckers, Horopito Motors. The yard has been the scene of a few kiwi films like, Smash Palace and Goodbye Pork Pie.
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