Raumanga resident Ross Smith wants the driver who ploughed through his wooden fence to 'fess up' after being rudely woken early yesterday.
He and his wife May had been asleep in their Murdoch Crescent family home when "a huge bang" woke them about 3am.
As dawn broke, the destruction became evident.
Fence palings, shattered glass and smashed car parts were strewn across the lawn - as if a tornado had ripped through the property.
But the driver didn't hang around and the last Mr Smith saw was a vehicle heading towards Whangarei city.
He was thankful none of the flying debris smashed through the bedroom windows or that the vehicle didn't end up in the house.
"All we heard was a huge bang. I was running to the window and the car is taking off down the road," Mr Smith said.
"My 9-year-old son was in the bedroom next to us and it's lucky the car didn't crash through into the house."
The fence was built about 25 years ago by Mr Smith and his brother-in-law.
And much thought had gone into its construction to stop people tagging it.
Smaller wooden battens had been nailed to the outside, creating a pattern and making it more difficult to graffiti.
Yesterday Mr Smith was getting quotes to rebuild the fence.
"Whoever did this needs to own up," he said.
It appeared the vehicle had left the road, mounted the kerb, smashed into the wooden fence, glanced off a power pole and continued through more of the fence before ending up on the road and driving off.
Mr Smith was disappointed at the police response to his plight.
"I rang the police and thought they might come up and have a look and collect up pieces of the car for evidence.
"No one was injured but we were pretty shaken up about it."
He first rang shortly after 3am, then when no one had turned up, he rang again at 5am.
Another phone call to the Whangarei police station at 9.30am saw a police constable arrive at 11am.
"Someone will know who did this because their car will be pretty smashed up," Mr Smith said.
It was not the first time the fence had taken a beating from an errant driver. A few years ago a smaller section of the fence was smashed by a motorist who also failed to stop.
Mr Smith's son, Brenna Smith, appealed on Facebook for the culprit to come forward over the latest incident. "Own up and help fix the fence," he said.