Insight for 10 June 2012 - Samoa's 50 years of Independence

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.

Gallery: Samoan Independence Celebrations


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8:12 am Sunday 29 November: Insight: Obesity Crisis

Working out at the gym

Emi Suaniu-Sofai has lost nearly 30 kilograms in six years after taking part in her church’s Enua Ola healthy living programme.

Photo: ( RNZ / Sharon Brettkelly )

The obesity crisis is costing the country $1bn a year and threatens to cripple the health system.

Next year, it's predicted to overtake smoking as the country's biggest health issue. One in three adults and one in ten children are obese.

The figure for Maori and Pacific people is much higher.

Sharon Brettkelly explores suggested solutions

8:12 am Sunday 6 December: Insight: Politics and the Public Service

Close up of green leather empty seats

Debating Chamber in Parliament

Photo: RNZ / Diego Opatowski

Academics and the union representing public servants worry the Public Service is under increasing political pressure.

They say political advisers in ministerial offices need a clear set of rules to govern their conduct.

Brent Edwards  explores the relationship between politicians and government workers.