Fiji’s National Flag Committee has selected 23 designs from the hundreds submitted as finalists for the new Fijian flag. At newfijiflag.com Fijians and foreigners are able to give their feedback on each of the finalists.
In order to interpret the designs, the committee provides this guide to the symbols they employ:
- “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 colour 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 symbolises 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 [conch shell trumpet] represents community and respect; the call of the nation to come together as one people.
- The Drua [double-hulled sailing canoe] represents past, present, and future of all Fijians and our voyage into the future as one people, one nation.
- The Tapa [decorative barkcloth] 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.
Here are the 23 designs as presented in the online survey (sizes have been reduced to approximate viewing them at a distance):