Newsletter November 2020

From the Chair

It’s great to see SeniorNet Kapiti up and running (OK, sprinting!) in Term 4. Many of our classes and workshops are full or near full which is exceptionally pleasing for the Tutors and Committee after the significant activity slowdown of COVID-19. With everyone so busy, it’s a opportune time for me to remind our members that everyone involved in the running of SeniorNet gives their time for free. Actually, they also pay their membership fee…. for the privilege of taking your bookings on the phone, managing the membership list, organising the tutors, keeping the computers running and most of all, the special treat of teaching you stuff about computers! With the festive season almost upon us, it’s a great time to thank a tutor or make Elaine’s day by booking one last course for 2020. 

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Newsletter October 2020

From the Chair

Term 4 has just started and it’s the busiest programme of courses and workshops I can remember. We’re doing a lot of catch-up for sessions missed due to Level 2 and 3 restrictions so I expect The Learning Centre to be very busy for the next 4-6 weeks. Elaine still has places on most courses so have a look at what’s on offer and give her a call.

We’ve received Council’s permission to install 4 bike racks outside The Learning Centre. We’ve noticed that a number of our members are using two wheels to come to Matai Rd and with summer just around the corner, we’re pleased to offer somewhere you can securely leave your transport while you’re attending meetings, courses and workshops. Everything has been ordered and I would expect the racks to be available within a fortnight. Continue reading

Newsletter September 2020

From the Chair

As I mentioned last month, the SeniorNet Federation AGM has finally been held after being postponed due to the Lockdown. A very successful meeting was held using Zoom with well over 60 people attending from 37 Learning Centres and the formal minutes will be published shortly.

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Newsletter for November 2016

Newsletter for November 2016

Drinks and Nibbles

christmas-drinksOur pre-Christmas Drinks and Nibbles get together will be held at the Learning Centre on Wednesday 7 December from 5.00 to 7.00 pm. Members and partners are invited (RSVP required though for catering purposes).

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Newsletter – November 2014

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