Fiji Public Not Enthusiastic About Proposed Flag Designs

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No design ‘completely representative of Fiji’

By Repeka Nasiko

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, June 11, 2015) – Members of the public polled in a random survey in Lautoka City were not happy with and rejected the final pool of flag designs released by Government on Tuesday.

The designs, according to Government, were meant to represent Fiji's culture, tradition and values.

"None of it is appealing," said Niko Vuli after browsing through the top 23 designs.

Another Lautoka resident Aporosa Tivarua said the symbols on each design were not completely representative of Fiji.

"I still don't see any particular symbolic representation of Fiji," he said.

"The tagimoucia is unique to Fiji but only to Taveuni. Not the whole country.

"As for the canoe and the sun, that is not unique to Fiji. That is a symbol of the Pacific region."

Also opposed to the new designs was Vijay Chand, who said the current flag was better than all of the designs.

"It stood out. There was a lot more colour and even people overseas liked our flag," he said.

"All these designs are dull."

Ilisapeci Vonosese and Katalaini Marama shared the view that the designs were neither good nor great.

Two respondents focused on the symbols.

"I like the one with the tagimoucia on it," said Sangeeta Singh.

On the other hand, Dinesh Chand thought flag number 47 was a good choice.

"It has good colours and I think it's better than the other designs," he said.

Public voting for the national flag ends on June 30. The public are invited to send their choice of design via email at newfijiflag@gmail.com, texting platforms to Vodafone through 323 or Digicel on 170, twitter: @NewFijiFlag and through mail on P.O Box 2225, Government Buildings, Suva.

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