Insight

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

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Coming Up on Insight

8:12 am Sunday 26 April: Insight - The Centenary of the Gallipoli Landings

NZ and Aus soldiers land at Anzac Cove GallipoliNew Zealand and Australian soldiers land at Anzac Cove, Gallipoli, Turkey. (Photo:Alexander Turnbull Library)

Following the Anzac Day commemorations at Gallipoli itself, Insight highlights the special moments from the Dawn Service through to Chunuk Bair. 

Philippa Tolley speaks to the Radio New Zealand team at Gallipoli about how those attending have responded to the events marking the occasion 100 years on. 

8:12 am Sunday 3 May: New Zealand's Neglected Foetal Alcohol Problem

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The damage that some babies can suffer when pregnant mothers drink heavily has again floated into the public consciousness after the Privy Council accepted that the then convicted murderer Teina Pora suffered from Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.

It quashed his conviction for the murder and rape of Susan Burdett and decided that his "frequently contradictory and often implausible confessions and the recent diagnosis of his FASD [Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder] leads to only one possible conclusion ... that reliance on his confessions gives rise to a risk of a miscarriage of justice."            

The number of people in New Zealand affected by the disorder is unknown, but some estimates indicate that 3,000 babies are born with it every year.

Insight's Philippa Tolley has been speaking to families coping with the disorder and Youth Court Judges about what needs to be done.