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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

Samoa

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8:12 am Sunday 2 November: Insight: Maths and Science Not Hitting the Mark

Hampton Hill School TawaNew Zealand children have been doing badly in maths and science -but is it getting worse?

Their scores in international tests have been falling for the past decade and it has now reached the point where Year 5 and Year 9 students' are ranked among the lowest in the developed world.

Radio New Zealand education correspondent, John Gerritsen, investigates why our scores are on the slide and what is being done to stop it.

 

8:12 am Sunday 9 November: Insight: An Outbreak of War Commemorations

Inside Hall of Memories Manatu Taonga Andy PalmerCommemorations of the Great War have well and truly begun and will continue for the next four years. 

Millions of dollar are being spent to remember the events that took place one hundred years ago, prompting questions about why we should be commemorating events of long ago and how much of the memory of the war to end all wars has slipped into the realms of myth. 

Gael Woods looks for answers.  

Photo Inside the Hall of Memories, National War Memorial Credit Andy Palmer/Manatū Taonga