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The four military coups since 1987 have prompted many Fijians to look for a more secure life in New Zealand.
Representing varied ethnicities and political views, members of the Fijian community preserve their differences and share their heritage through religion, sports and cultural events.
Fijians are now well represented in the professional, technical, service and retail sectors.
Others work as machine operators, assemblers, and in forestry.
The Fijian government rejected Indo-Fijian volunteer soldiers during the Second World War.
Both indigenous Fijians and Europeans were concerned at the power that military training might give Indo-Fijians.
Until 1936 there were fewer than 1,000 Fijian-born residents, and in 1945 the number was 1,173.
And in the 1960s many Fijian students learned more about New Zealand than their own country, following the adoption of the New Zealand School Certificate system.Between 18 about 60,000 Indians were hired to work under harsh and restrictive conditions in Fiji’s sugar industry.