2019-20 Annual Report

At our recent Annual General meeting, our Chairperson presented the following Annual report.

SeniorNet Kapiti Inc

2019-2020 Annual Report

Our membership at the end of the Financial Year (31 March 2020) was 333 including 9 Honorary Members.  Unlike many SeniorNets around New Zealand, our membership numbers are holding steady year on year despite around 90 resignations annually. Our recruitment efforts are clearly reaping rewards in new membership and I believe it is a testament to the quality and relevance of the courses and workshops we offer our members. Continue reading

Newsletter June 2020

From the Chair

Its so pleasing to see and feel our country returning to some semblance of normality  after the worrying days of Lockdown and Levels 2 & 3. I hope you’ve been able to catch up with family and friends while enjoying some of the local hospitality here or around the country.

At last week’s Committee Meeting two important decisions were made for SeniorNet Kapiti. Continue reading

Reminder – AGM Tomorrow

Annual General Meeting

Members are reminded that our AGM is being held tomorrow Wednesday 26 June at 1:30pm at The Learning Centre.

All members are encouraged to attend this important annual meeting

Guest Speaker is Grant Sidaway – Executive Officer, SeniorNet Federation

Afternoon Tea will be provided afterwards

Agenda, Annual Accounts and ChairPerson’s Report are available for pre-reading here


How Do I…? Workshop

Friday 28 June at 9:30am
Cost is based on time taken to resolve your problem but no more than $10 per hour

Asbestos Be Gone!

Asbestos
A terrible building material that, back in our day, no one told us about the dangers to our health. I can remember handling this material on many occasions and I guess many of you did the same – some of you probably at the time not knowing, like me, of its dangers.

Yes, The Learning Centre’s roof and gutters were made of this appalling material and while it was safe so long as it remained undisturbed, it’s always been one of those things in the back of the Committee’s mind.

A big shout out to the Kapiti Coast District Council for undertaking the removal of the asbestos from the building which we lease from them. Not an easy feat with not only the dangers to health but all the safety regulations that had to be met.

Mid-2017 we were advised that the roof and gutters would be replaced and we were able to negotiate with KCDC to have the work completed during the Christmas Break while no classes were being held at The Learning Centre. Work started the day of our Christmas Function!

First a high fence had to be erected around the building then scaffolding had to be put up – yes a few days have gone already (in our day we would have had it done in a day!). The inside ceiling had to be sealed so that no dust would penetrate during removal of the roof. Then came the removal crew dressed in fully protective clothing, hard hats, gloves…..the lot. Work proceeded very carefully with each sheet and piece of guttering removed, put on the ground and wrapped up so as not to transmit any dust. Not over yet, all the old batts in the ceiling space then had to be replaced as well because dust from the roofing sheets may have got into them. New batts were installed and a new long run iron roof fitted. New plastic guttering was installed and a little bit of repair work was carried out on the building front.

During this time special monitoring meters were inside the building and were checked by a third party before anyone was allowed to re-enter the building.

Once again thanks to the KCDC for a job well done. As a bonus, we have a lovely shiny new roof and brand new ceiling insulation. Let’s hope it helps keep us warmer this coming winter!

Bazza. (Facilities Coordinator)

Moving, moving …into a new way of life

I remember II

Listening to the latest news from the get-together at the APEC meeting in Vietnam one of the strong comments from our new Prime Minister was the need for more action regarding Climate Change.

This most likely move will mean more effort towards curbing fossil fuelled transport and supporting the wider introduction of electric and maybe hydrogen fuelled cars. As you know already there are both hybrid and battery driven vehicles available in New Zealand,  albeit at rather high prices, but more are coming and maybe at more accessible prices.

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