The melody of “God Bless Fiji” was adapted from a hymn by Charles Austin Miles entitled “Dwelling in Beulah Land”, which was written in 1911. The lyrics were then written by Michael Francis Alexander Prescott to the tune and won first prize in a nationwide contest before independence in October 1970.
The Fijian words, while official, are rarely sung, the English version is much more common. The English and Fijian lyrics are also different in meaning, the lyrics on this page give both the official English lyrics and the English translation of the Fijian lyrics, as well as the Fijian lyrics themselves. The third most common ethnic group on the islands are Indo-Fijians and it was proposed in 2008 that the national anthem be in the three primary languages of the country: English, Fijian, and Hindi.
Special thanks to: Rusiate Nayacakalou for some of this information.