December Newsletter

2015 Courses

Have you decided which courses you would like to take next year? February will be upon us before we know it. How about one of these;

  • Demystifying Windows 8.1
  • What can I do on the Internet
  • Email using Windows Live Mail
  • Managing the Data on your PC
  • Managing and Editing Photos
  • iPad Basics
  • or just a quick refresher with the Introduction to Computers.

All these courses will be held during the First Term of 2015 plus the Tablet (iPad and Android), How do I…? and Q & A Workshops.

Would you like to join our Tutors group – it’s a great way to keep up with the latest technology?


Make sure that you look over our Web site during the holiday break – find out when the First Term courses are being held and relax with one of the interesting articles prepared just for you.

Drinks ‘n’ Nibbles

Reminder of the Drinks ‘n’ Nibbles 4.30pm to 6.30pm on the 10th Dec. Please wear your name tag if you have one.

Email Address Details

Have you remembered to contact to advise us of your email address? We no longer post information to members – email is the only way we communicate directly with our members. If you are talking to members you know and who have yet to get or share their email address, please try to persuade them to get one and let us know.
NB We NEVER share our member’s email addresses with anyone – they are held solely to keep in contact with our members

Guest Speaker

Grant Sidaway, SeniorNet Federation Executive Officer was our guest speaker at the November Q&A. Grant demonstrated one of technology’s latest gadgets, a 3D printer. An amazing device which most of the audience would have loved to take home to play with.

Rooms Upgrade

We are planning to freshen up our Learning Centre with a fresh coat of paint and a thorough spring clean during the week of 12th to 17th January. If you are available to help please let me know or just turn up you will be most welcome – phone 04 298 8251- email

Thanks to Grey Power

Our thanks to the Kapiti Coast Grey Power Association for the free advertising given to SeniorNet in the Grey Power Shoppers Discount Guide.

Open Days

We are holding Open Days at the Learning Centre on Thursday 12th and Saturday 14th February – not very far away. If you know of friends and relatives who would be interested in finding out more about SeniorNet and its unique learning opportunities please tell them about our Open Days.

On behalf of the Committee, I would like to wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.




2015 – Technology 2015, A private view

magic-crystal-ballPolishing the old crystal ball once more brought up plenty of glimpses of what may be on offer in the near future, and if we allow the impact from new electronics in more than just computing devices  to be counted, then it is  quite overwhelming.

Sorting what may be daydreams from the items that will become significant is also a bit of a gamble, many surprises have already come about – not least the volume of Tablets and smartphones, the growth of which has been phenomenal – but there is much more in the bag of goodies.

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Is the Camera on your Smartphone “naff”?

Do you have a fancy smartphone? Android, iPhone or Windows Phone? Hopefully you’re making the most of all the amazing features your device offers but what are your photos like? I’ve had a number of people come to me recently complaining that the photos taken on their smartphone are pretty average or worse, always blurred and out of focus! Well, provided the problem’s not actually the operator, there is one other explanation that’s worth checking out. Continue reading

Kuini: Still going strong at SeniorNet

March 2014 marked the closure of the Waikanae/Otaki SeniorNet Inc and the beginning of another chapter in my life. Waikanae/Otaki merged into SeniorNet Kapiti and membership was automatically transferred to Kapiti.

Matenga Train Leaves Waikanae StationIn the weeks leading up to the closure, I was asked on several occasions if I was considering staying with Kapiti SeniorNet. My standard reply was….”I don’t know how to get there – I don’t drive!” To be quite frank, I convinced myself that commuting from Waikanae to Raumati Beach via public transport was definitely not on my agenda. I got tired just thinking about it.

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November Newsletter

Drinks and Nibbles

Members and partners are invited to meet at the Learning Centre, 200 Matai Road for our annual pre-Christmas Drinks and Nibbles on Wednesday 10 December from 4.30 to 6.30 pm. For catering purposes, please contact Lois Brinck phone 04 298 7797 to let her know if you will be coming. No charge.

Repeats of Courses

The Committee has reconfirmed that the cost to a student repeating a 5 week course is $10, a 3 week course is $5 and a 1 week class is free but subject to available places.

Email address details

We still have a number of members who have yet to advise us of their email address or have not yet got one. We no longer post information to members so email is the way we now communicate with members. If you are talking with members you know and who have yet to have an email address please try to persuade them to get one and let us know.

Guest speaker

Derek Cone from St Johns was our guest speaker at the November Tutor’s Meeting. In his most entertaining but meaningful presentation, he reminded us that we all have a responsibility to one another to be able to cope with unforeseen accidents. First, we need to ensure our own safety, and then we call for help using 111. If necessary we should be able to administer CPR with confidence and we should be able to recognise strokes. Cold water and Glad Wrap should be used immediately to treat burns. We now need to upgrade our first aid kit.

Rooms upgrade

We are planning to freshen up our Learning Centre with a fresh coat of paint and a thorough spring clean during the week of 12 to 17th January. If you are available to help please let me know – phone 04 298 8251

Contributions to Website

You will no doubt have stories to tell about your experiences with computers and those who try to help you, for example children and grandchildren or a tip you would like to pass on to fellow members. Webmaster Peter Bunkall is looking for such material for the Website and he would certainly welcome your contribution. I suggest that you email your contribution to Peter at and he will organise to get it posted on our website.

Strategic Plan

The Committee has decided to review the Strategic Plan for SeniorNet Kapiti and a sub- committee will begin the review process early in the New Year. Members will then be able to view a draft of proposed updates and the adoption of the Strategic Plan will be proposed at the AGM next July.

Happy Computing

Barry Bailey