Philippa Tolley reports from Apia and Karen Mangnall from Auckland on the relationship between Samoa and NZ .
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.
Coming Up on Insight
8:12 am Sunday 31 August: Insight: The Realities of Auckland
In the second part of this Insight mini- series looking at election issues, we tackle what the political party policies mean for Auckland.
Radio New Zealand’s Auckland Correspondent, Todd Niall and Pacific Issues Correspondent Karen Mangnall investigate how the key issues facing the country's biggest city are affecting both those doing well and those struggling.
Housing- from the perspective of someone living in a car through to the professional property investor. Employment – the city has high jobless rates among its young , despite improving headline employment data.
Insight also looks at the relationship between Auckland's Council and central Government and how that affects the way problems are tackled.