And as always you’ll find Flags in the News (news stories featuring flags), Flutterings (highlights from the last PFA meeting), and Portland Flag Miscellany (news about Portland’s city flag). Instead of a What’s that Flag quiz, this issue features the US State Flag people puzzle.
In the past few years the British Union Jack and flags that incorporate it have been matters of public interest and debate. Fiji and New Zealand, and, to a lesser extent, Australia and the UK are or have been reconsidering the suitability of their existing flags. Only Tuvalu appears resolute in keeping the Union Jack on its flag.
Taking these in order of time horizon for change, from most far-off to most near-term (and, perhaps not coincidentally, from biggest to smallest in affected population — with 9000-person Tuvalu as an outlier):
Shaenaz Voss: senior manager Fiji Airways, former executive officer of Air Fiji, board member of Unit Trust of Fiji and Film Fiji;
Ilaitia Jikoiono: artist and designer and creative director of Style Magazine;
Shammi Lochan: radio personality and currently radio program director Fiji Broadcasting Corporation;
Lenora Qereqeretabua: national public relations consultant and former Miss Hibiscus;
Manpreet Kaur: academic specialising in linguistics and diasporic studies at the University of Fiji;
Niqa Tuvuki: culture and heritage specialist at the Fiji Arts Council;
The Tui Wainunu Ratu Orisi Baleitavea;
Agni Deo Singh: trade unionist and general secretary of the Fiji Teachers Union;
Craig Marlow: community artist;
Tiko Matawalu: sporting personality, rugby player and coach;
Dinesh Patel: businessman and member of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
The committee will be chaired by Iliesa Delana, Assistant Minister for Youth and Sports and Para-Olympic Gold Medalist.
At last week’s meeting of the Portland Flag Association, Ted Kaye shared with us the exciting news that he will be joining the committee as its 13th member and only vexillologist. Apparently an interview that he did with the online magazine Vice and reprinted by the Fiji Sun caught the eye of the Fijian government, and convinced them of the need for a “flag expert and vexillologist”. Ted said he was very honored that they reached out to him to serve in that role, and would soon be on a plane to Suva.