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

Samoa

Coming Up on Insight

8:12 am Sunday 31 August: Insight: The Realities of Auckland

ak city supplied maybe ateedIn 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.

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