117-year-old register of indigenous Fijians enters electronic age
AFTER more than 100 years of physically recording and maintaining a book register of men and women who were fathered by an indigenous Fijian and born in Fiji or elsewhere, thanks to the revolutionary work of the ministry of indigenous affairs, this registry is now available electronically.
This is true for at least five out of the 14 provinces in Fiji. These five — Tailevu, Rewa, Serua, Namosi and Lau – piloted the digitalisation of the indigenous Fijian register, commonly referred to as the VKB, acronym of its Fijian title, Vola ni Kawa Bula.
To date around 624,000 indigenous Fijians have been recorded digitally. VKB officers at the Ministry of iTaukei (indigenous) Affairs will continue to manually update these registers daily to ensure accuracy of records. In a nutshell, the data entry process includes scanning and uploading of the registers, cataloguing, verification of data entered and final approval….
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