The New Zealand Indian Sports Association Inc. (NZISA) was formed over the 1962 Queen’s Birthday holiday with the aim to connect the increasing Indian population and oversee the Indian sports clubs that were forming around the country.
The first official social hockey tournament was held in 1963, with the first competitive tournament in 1965. Since then this particular weekend hosts the largest event on the NZISA calendar, the Queen’s Birthday Tournament. The event sees NZISA’s eight member clubs (North Harbour, Auckland, Pukekohe, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Central Districts, Wellington and Christchurch Indian Sports Clubs) gather to play for the coveted Dhyan Chand Trophy, named after the famous Indian hockey player whose skills provided the original inspiration and uptake of hockey for Kiwi-Indian’s.
Today NZISA celebrates our unique and vibrant heritage by connecting the Indian population of all ages through a number of annual events which include hockey, cricket and golf. Our sporting community has evolved over the years which are guided by our core values: Pride, Community, Passion, Sportsmanship and Integrity.
NZISA is honoured to be involved with the New Zealand Heritage Hockey Tournament as it provides a platform to showcase our player talent and connect with other national ethnic hockey organisations.