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.
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8:12 am Sunday 12 July: Future Financial Stability
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Two months on from the Reserve Banks’ report on financial stability and the three areas identified as posing a risk have worsened.
The Auckland housing market continues to spiral upward, dairy prices are still in the doldrums and global financial conditions, at least in the case of Greece, are hitting crisis point.
Some commentators say this country needs to alter course before there is a serious readjustment.
Others are more positive.
Philippa Tolley explores how worried New Zealanders should be about financial stability