Fijian honours system

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The Fijian honours system dates from the granting of dominion status in 1970, when the Fijian Independence Medal was awarded to participants in the Fijian independence celebrations. Prior to two military coups, which deposed Elizabeth II as Queen of Fiji, ending the Fijian Monarchy, Fiji also had use of the British Honours System.

Republican honours[edit]

After Fiji was declared a republic, outside the Commonwealth of Nations in October 1987, there was no honours system until 1995, when the Order of Fiji was established. One recipient was Sir Paul Reeves, a former Governor-General of New Zealand, who was awarded this honour for his work in drafting the 1997 Constitution by the then President, Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara. Also made a Companion in 1997 was Satya Nandan. Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare was made a Companion during a state visit in 2006.[1]

The Order of Fiji was a Commonwealth honour from its re-admittance to the Commonwealth on 20 December 2001[2] to its second full suspension on 1 September 2009.[3] from the Commonwealth.

Order of Fiji[edit]

The Order of Fiji is the most senior in the Fijian honours system. There are 3 grades plus a Medal, in General and Military division. Recipients of the Order are allowed Post-nominal letters. The seniority within the Order are as followed:

  • Companion (CF)
  • Officer (OF)
  • Member (MF)
  • Medal (MOF)

Other honours[edit]

The following are just a few of the other awards (and their post-nominals) in the Fijian honours system.

  • President's Cross (PC)
  • President's Medal (PM)
  • Meritorious Service Decoration (MSD)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Meeting the Prime Minister, Hon. Qarase, in his office". State Visit by Sir Michael Somare, the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea. Government of Fiji. Archived from the original on 24 October 2007. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  2. ^ Ingram, Derek (April 2002). "Commonwealth Update". The Round Table 91 (364): pp. 149–50. doi:10.1080/00358530220144148. Retrieved 20 December 2008. 
  3. ^ "Fiji Suspended from the Commonwealth". Commonwealth Secretariat. 1 September 209. Retrieved 1 September 2009. 

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