The design for the national
flag of Fiji was selected as the result of a
competition won jointly by Mr. Robi Wilcock and
Mrs. Murray MacKenzie. It flew for the first time
on Independence Day, October 10, 1970.
The Fijian Coat of Arms
consists of the images of two Fijian warriors on
either side of a shield and the motto Rerevaka
na Kalou ka Doka na Tui (Fear God and honour
the Queen). The shield bears the image of a
heraldic lion holding a cocoa pod across the top.
Sugarcane, a coconut palm and a bunch of bananas
are represented in three of the shield sections.
The fourth contains a reproduction of a dove of
peace, the main feature of the Cakobau
Government's flag before cession.
The Tabua -- a whale's tooth --
is regarded as a sacred bond between two parties
and is used as a symbol of peace. Disputes or
quarrels can often be smoothed over by its
presentation from one party to the other.