A "minor foot injury" has caused Fatman Scoop to pull out of his first New Zealand tour.

The rapper was due to kick off his three-date tour on Thursday in Wellington, before heading to Auckland and Tauranga.

But a press released issued by promoters said he'd been forced to return home after being injured during an Australian show.

As a result, all shows have been cancelled.

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"Fatman Scoop sustained a minor foot injury during a recent show in Australia that has required him to return to New York," the release said.

The 45-year-old is known for his work with other artists, including Missy Elliott, Skrillex and Jay Z.

Full refunds are available for ticket holders.