|National Symbols of Fiji
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.
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