Millhaven Main Street Archives

PGG – More Value Hardware

A few sign changes meant that the PGG farm supply store became More Value Hardware.

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Then after it was all over (with new advertising posters in the windows …GS161s missing

Farmlands – Farmlands

The Farmlands farm supply store was left untouched for the movie.


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The Tapanui Fire Station (home to the Tapanui Volunteer Fire Brigade) had a quick change of signs to become the Millhaven Fire Station.

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A car for the fire chief was also required …GS091s missing

A Douglas County Mack fire engine arrived for the filming.

This machine is listed as part of the Wellington Fire Museum collection as a 1978 Mack CF685, having served in Wellington, Wellington Relief, Gisborne and Paremoremo.
The New Zealand registration of JR426 appears in these photos.

SOOHS – Hardware Store

SOOHS (pronounced “Sues”) stands for Small Owner Operated Hair Salon. It is owned and operated by Sue!

It became a hardware store for the movie. The school bus was filmed driving past it.

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… and GS094s missing during filming …GS095s missing
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The only change made to the Tapanui Hammer Hardware store was to change the “Tapanui” sign to “Millhaven”.

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Putting the Millhaven sign up was not quite as easy as it looked …

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The main section of the “On The Spot” convenience store, known locally as the Tapanui Dairy, became “The Ice Cream & Soda Shop” with the right-hand shop frontage turning into “Rosie’s Flower Shop”

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The advertising in shop windows themselves was changed to reflect the American look. The local Millhaven paper was also available.

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