Football kicks off big day

Nelson's Chin community kicked off their annual Chin National Day at Nelson College by winning a football championship.

Representatives of the Auckland and Wellington Chin and Chin Zo communities visited Nelson to hear and make speeches and take part in cultural performances during the Chin National Day on Saturday.

The three groups competed against one another in a series of football and volleyball games at Trafalgar Park on Friday, with one of the two Nelson groups winning the football finals before the cultural activities.

Chin representative and Nelson College student David Lian, 19, said the local community had worked hard to make sure the day was a success. He played goalkeeper in the football team.

"We just wanted [Chin] to feel happy - we didn't want them to feel just normal. [They are] a little bit extraordinary."

The Chin people are an ethnic group from Myanmar, and have celebrated their national day since 1948 as a way of preserving and promoting their culture and traditions.

Representatives from the Nelson Multicultural Society, the Nelson City Council and Refugee Services also attended the event.