Philippa Tolley travels to Samoa as huge celebrations are held to mark half a centuary since it gained independence from New Zealand.

But what is the relationship betwen the two countries like now?

New Zealand offers support, but issues around immigration and citizenship still rankle.

Radio New Zealand's Pacific Affairs Correspondent, Karen Mangnall, follows celebrations in Auckland, and asks the Samoa community there for their thoughts on  the connections between Apia and Wellington.

Gallery: Samoan Independence Celebrations


Coming Up on Insight

8:15 am Sunday 21 September: Morning Report Election Special

This week Insight takes a break due to the 2014 General Election.

Radio New Zealand's Morning Report Election Special with hosts Mary Wilson and Wallace Chapman will be on air with comments from the winners and losers, an analysis of the results and the implications for the incoming government between 7 - 9am Sunday 21 September.

Insight returns at 8:15am on Sunday 28 September.