Ar­chiv­ist: Fiji’s In­de­pen­dence Order was never miss­ing

Fiji Sun - - NATION - FONUA TALEI Edited by Ranoba Baoa

The orig­i­nal doc­u­ment of Fiji’s In­de­pen­dence Order was never miss­ing, the Act­ing Prin­ci­pal Ar­chiv­ist Ti­moci Bale­naivalu said.

Con­trary to me­dia re­ports a decade ago, both lo­cally and over­seas, that Fiji had lost the orig­i­nal copy of its’ 1970 in­de­pen­dence doc­u­ment, Mr Bale­naivalu said it was found dur­ing a stock take.

The In­de­pen­dence Order, which was handed over by Prince Charles and which sets out the ba­sis of Fiji’s con­sti­tu­tion, was said to have gone miss­ing in the early 2000s.

“At that time I think some­thing was hap­pen­ing and they were look­ing for the records but it was never miss­ing,” Mr Bale­naivalu said.

“At that time the trans­fer of records was not fol­lowed prop­erly and there was no proper in­ven­tory which is one big is­sue that we face now which is to list the in­ven­tory that we have, that are trans­ferred from govern­ment agen­cies.”

He said amidst the trans­fer of records the In­de­pen­dence Order was mis­placed, but it was al­ways in their pos­ses­sion.

“When we did our stock take then we were able to iden­tify the record. We have 6 kilo­me­tres worth of records,” he said.

“The amount of records that we have when there are re­quests it takes us time to look for those records. That’s why we are try­ing to work to­gether with other agen­cies to move ev­ery­thing on­line. To make things ac­ces­si­ble.

Photo: Lusiana Tuimaisala

The Orig­i­nal doc­u­ment of Fiji’s In­de­pen­dence.

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