Alan Hobson is used to petty vandalism.
He has had smashed tiles, broken windows and desecrated ornaments, but he was surprised when he found a huge plant torn out of the garden and a complete mess made of the rest of it.
Mr Hobson, of Hobson's Choice Motel, was following his normal routine on Thursday morning when he turned a corner to find one of his favourite plants - about two metres by two metres - dug out and lying on the concrete and the garden where it used to reside torn up and in ruins.
The garden is right outside the windows of guests but Mr Hobson says no-one heard anything.
The plant was not cheap and it has been removed in case the vandals try to return to pick it up.
Mr Hobson says Dargaville is not a good place to live anymore because of all the vandalism.
"As soon as you try to do something nice someone comes and destroys it, so there's no point."
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