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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

Coming Up on Insight

8:12 am Sunday 9 August: Insight: Gay Rights Beyond Marriage

Liggs and Nicola
Liggs Hoffman and Nicola Wood had a civil union ceremony  five years ago - but haven't opted to "upgrade" to marriage. 
( RNZ/ Alex Ashton )

It's nearly two years since gay and lesbian couples were given the right to marry in New Zealand.

Since then, more than 1500 same-sex couples have tied the knot and the rate of civil unions has plummeted.  Worldwide, more countries are now following suit - including the United States and the United Kingdom.
 
But how has the Marriage Amendment Act changed the lives of gays and lesbians living in this country, and has it been the silver-bullet against homophobia that some thought it would be?

This Insight explores how same-sex marriage has changed what it is to be gay in New Zealand, and asks where to now for the queer rights movement.