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People Have Another Say On Flag: Acting PM

People Have Another Say On Flag: Acting PM
Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum announcing the 23 final flag designs. Photo: Jona Konataci
June 10
12:01 2015

Fijians now have a month to have their say on the design of our new National Flag.

Teams will be sent out around the country to gather responses and preferences on our new flag.

All Fijians now have a chance to give their feedback.

The National Flag Committee yesterday released the 23 new flag designs which have been chosen after the review of more than 2,000 entries received during the national flag competition.

Acting Prime Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says the flag designs have been released so the public can now vote through different ways for their preference.

People can send their feedback through text message on Digicel 170 and Vodafone 323 and this is free of charge, email, and social media and through mail.

Public consultation and feedback will end on July 1.

The results will then be submitted to Cabinet for consideration and Parliament will vote on our new national flag. The whole process has been designed so the new flag will be ready to be hoisted on the 45th anniversary of Fiji’s independence on October 10th this year.

The symbolism on the flags is identified as follows:

– “Fiji Blue” provides continuity from the 1970–2015 flag, remaining the “banner blue” of the national anthem. It represents peace, serenity, and freedom, as well as the Pacific Ocean. It shows solidarity with all island nations.

– Yellow represents radiance, life, sustenance, and a new beginning. It recalls the sun and Fiji’s place as “the land of the first rising sun” and its tropical location.

– Dark Blue stands for peace, prosperity, trust, dignity, and intelligence. The color of the deep ocean, it represents the depth of Fiji’s culture.

– Red represents passion, strength and energy of the Fijian people.

– The Sun symbolises a new day, hope, and Fiji moving forward. It recalls Fiji’s place as “the land of the first rising sun” and its tropical location. It represents health, light, life, and energy, as well as the warmth of the Fijian people.

– The Triangle signifies Fiji moving forward together as one people.

– Stars represent guidance, navigation, and direction. They symbolize the gallantry of Fiji’s people.

–  Three represents the three independent branches of Government as a strong and vibrant democracy under our Constitution: the executive, the judiciary and the legislature.

–  Seven is a number that symbolizes a good omen for many Fijians.

–  The Tagimoucia represents blessings, courage, and peace. The flower is unique to Fiji and found only on the island of Taveuni.

–  The Turtle represents the humility, strength, patience, and perseverance of the Fijian people.

–  The Davui represents community and respect; the call of the nation to come together as one people.

–  The Drua represents past, present, and future of all Fijians and our voyage into the future as one people, one nation.

–  The Tapa represents the many islands of Fiji and our past with its geometric, triangular elements in the centre of the flag.

– The Coconut Tree represents sustenance and the versatility of the Fijian people.

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