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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

Samoa

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8:12 am Sunday 21 February: Insight: Sheep and goats - the new dairy boom?

Dairy sheep leaving the shed

Dairy sheep leaving the shed

Photo: ( RNZ / Alexa Cook )

There has been a surge in interest in sheep and goat dairy in the past few years with farms springing up around the country and plants exporting infant formula and whole milk powder to Asia and Europe.

While dairy goats and sheep have been in New Zealand  since the 1970's, numbers are climbing and about 35,000 sheep and 50,000 goats are now being milked.

But predictions for the future are mixed, with some goat exporters worried that markets will be flooded, while others say there is not enough supply to keep up with demand.

Alexa Cook explores the dairy goat and sheep industry to find out why more people are keen to get involved.