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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 26 October: Insight: Turning Labour Around

Labour Party campaigners in Auckland. RNZ / Kim Baker Wilson

Why has the Labour Party lost its support? 

With the party in the throes of a leadership race and conducting its own review into its poor performance at the last election, Insight investigates the reasons behind Labour's decline in popularity over the last six years. 

Catherine Hutton speaks to unionists, former politicians, political commentators and those on the street about what the party needs to do to rebuild its fortunes. 

8:12 am Sunday 2 November: Insight: Maths and Science Not Hitting the Mark

Hampton Hill School TawaNew Zealand children have been doing badly in maths and science -but is it getting worse?

Their scores in international tests have been falling for the past decade and it has now reached the point where Year 5 and Year 9 students' are ranked among the lowest in the developed world.

Radio New Zealand education correspondent, John Gerritsen, investigates why our scores are on the slide and what is being done to stop it.