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Big break: Photographer Kelsie Barley has landed a dream job.
By YVETTE BATTEN
Kelsie Barley has won a job
many war historians would
The 21-year-old will be the
official photographer for what
will probably be the last pilgrim-
age made by New Zealand and
Australian veterans of the
Battle of Crete.
The 12-day battle began on
May 20, 1941. New Zealand,
British, Australian and Greek
troops, assisted by Cretan
civilians, tried to fight off an
airborne assault by the
Of the 7700 New Zealand
soldiers stationed on the island,
thousands were left behind.
More than 2000 were taken pris-
oner and 671 died.
This is a unique opportunity,
as this pilgrimage to Crete is
likely to be the last where we
will see surviving veterans pres-
ent, said Miss Barley, who is
studying design and photogra-
phy in Wellington.
A photographic library of the
event and the participants will
be greatly appreciated and it
should be shared and available
While there from May 15 to 25
she ll take shots of the three
veterans and 140 family
members as they visit memorial
sites and battlefields.
Those going include New Zea-
lander Major-General Sandy
Thomas, now of Queensland,
survivor of a famous bayonet
charge in which he was
wounded. His exploits in Greece
earned him his first of two Mili-
tary Crosses, the military s
third-highest bravery award.
Miss Barley said she believed
it would be a documentary style
I want to really capture the
emotions of those taking part in
She got the opportunity to
document the trip because she
knew the person organising it.
Other than the importance of
the anniversary of the Battle of
Crete, for me it is also about
being able to capture the whole
journey for those participating.
Having them let me be a part
of such an important trip in
their lives pushes me to want to
take part in this.
It is a once-in-a lifetime
opportunity that I feel so lucky
nothing but push me
can be shared
By ROBERT JOHNSON
Overeaters Anonymous is holding a
public meeting in Wellington this
month to raise awareness.
individuals who share problems of
compulsive eating, such as anorexia,
bulimia, obesity and overeating.
A Wellington member of
Overeaters Anonymous, Mary (not
her real name), said the meeting
would be not only for people with
eating problems, but also for those
concerned about friends and family.
This meeting will be more of a
question-and-answer format, with
doctors and councillors invited to
share their knowledge with the audi-
Mary said she hoped the meeting
would let sufferers know there was
help and a way out.
Overeating and related issues
were often overlooked, she said.
A 2006 Ministry of Health survey
indicated that 68,000 New Zealand-
ers would develop an eating disorder
in their lives and that one in three
adults were overweight, and one in
Having been a member since
2001, Mary said, I know how it
feels to take the first step . . . build-
ing up the courage is the hardest
Having reaped the benefits of
Overeaters Anonymous, Mary was
happy to tell of her experiences.
You feel alone, like you re the
only one dealing with it.
I learnt that the issues I had been
experiencing were quite common.
The group atmosphere offers secur-
ity for everyone to be open and dis-
cuss each other s stories.
The group encourages members to
stop obsessing about food and how it
makes them feel.
Another Wellington member,
Lucy , said she believed communi-
cation was essential in meetings.
It s so amazing to be able to talk
about the things I used to be
ashamed of, said Lucy.
Also seeing people stop
[overeating] after attending gives
Overeaters Anonymous meetings
have a no-commitment policy, so
members can attend and see how
We offer to meet prospective
members one-on-one before their
first meeting, allowing them to make
a friend before entering a group
atmosphere, said Mary.
There are seven group meetings a
week in Wellington, all free.
Our main focus is to carry the
message that recovery is possible,
The public meeting will be at the
Quaker meeting house, 7 Moncrieff
St, Mt Victoria, May 28, 10am till
The Great Sleeping Bag Race
Seventy Wellingtonians will
next Tuesday contest a giant
sleeping bag race through the
efficiency company Home&dry
is backing the large-scale
sleeping bag race to promote
the importance of a healthy
The race will begin at
Plimmer Steps at noon. The
finishing line will be at Wood-
ward St, near Midland Park.
Entrants would hop into
pink sleeping bags and try to
win a retrofit insulation pack-
age and up to $1000 towards
their power bills, Home&dry
business unit manager Kerry
The race would highlight the
importance of living in warm,
dry, healthy homes, he said.
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