An Air Nelson aircraft had a graffiti tag cleaned off when it arrived at Auckland Airport this morning.

An airline spokesman said it was a small tag and must have been done overnight while the 50-seat Bombardier Q300 aircraft was parked at Kapiti Coast Airport, Paraparaumu.

No other damage or interference was found.

It happened on a flood-lit aircraft apron by the terminal which the airport operator had under camera surveillance.


Airport authorities had contacted the police.

The incident follows a December 1 2011 attempt to break into a Q300 at the airport overnight in which an emergency exit door was forced but did not open.

- NZ Herald