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 27 July: Growing Up in New Zealand
Official figures show there are 260,000 children living in poverty and reducing that number is a key focus for the Government.
The Growing Up In New Zealand longitudinal study, which follows the lives of 7000 children and their families, is trying to find out which children are most at risk as early as possible and what can be done to improve their lives.
As its researchers reveal their latest findings on child vulnerability, Radio New Zealand reporter, Anusha Bradley revisits six families involved in the study to see how they are getting on.
Image: RNZ/Anusha Bradley