A large, blank wall at Pandora proved too irresistible to graffiti vandals at the weekend.
Competitors taking part in a team tag triathlon event on Saturday were the first to be confronted by the 15m strip of black spray-painted graffiti along the white wall.
The damage was done overnight on Friday or in the early hours of Saturday and was summed up simply by one nearby resident who said it was "garbage".
The wall had been targeted in the past but not to the extent of the recent attack.
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Hawke's Bay police Sergeant Ross Smith said anyone seeing graffiti taking place should call it in immediately, and to take any vehicle details if one was used by the taggers.
"These incidents seem to come and go in waves - fits and starts."
Napier City Council services manager Lance Titter said graffiti was dealt with as soon as possible after it was reported.
"If it's very offensive we will get rid of it immediately," he said.
"We don't find it annoying [having to send out clean out crews] because visitors like to see a clean city and it's one of the first things they highlight, that this is a clean city and there's a lack of graffiti."