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.