June 2013 Newsletter

seniornet-couple-brand-logo-green-85Open Day

Kapiti SeniorNet plan to have an Open Day on Thursday the 4th of July at our Learning Centre, 200 Matai Road, Raumati, from Noon to 4.30pm. We at SeniorNet Kapiti will be waiting to assist you with choosing the Course of your choice. Encourage your friends to come along too and discuss with one of our tutors which course would suit them, or go to the Course listing and checkout the time table for the courses and workshops. Select your course and email kapiti@seniornet.co.nz or ring Teresa on 04 2983132 to book a place.


Bupa Glynis Denz, Healthcare Field Officer, from Bupa Care Services came and spoke to us recently about the Bupa range of unobtrusive emergency sensors. These monitored sensors can provide around the clock reassurance for everyone – helping carers to cope, giving peace of mind to more distant family, and most importantly, keeping the person living at home safe.

With the Bupa range of monitored sensors, there’s someone at their New Zealand based call centre there for you, 24 hours a day, every day. They can be a source of support and advice if the worst happens. Through them, you’ll always have the help you need close at hand – whether that is an emergency service or the help of a family, a friend or a neighbour. Glynis indicated that Bupa can create a tailored package to suit individual needs and provide effective support to people from all walks of life. The right kind of help, always.

If you would like Glynis to contact you for a personal, no obligation chat to discuss your family’s needs please give her a call on Freephone 0800 60 80 99.

Newsletter June 2013

iPad and Android Tablet Workshops

Please email Ian McLuckie with your iPad questions at ianmcl@paradise.net.nz. And Android questions to Pat Stephens pat2utor@paradise.net.nz . The next Android Tablets Workshop is on Thursday 20th June 2.00 – 4.00pm and the next i Pad Workshop is on Monday 8 the July 2.00 – 4.00pm. The fee for each workshop is $5.00.

Become a Tutor

Are you having doubts as to whether you are keeping up with all the technical advances in the computer world, if so then take advantage of becoming a tutor? You will be given all the training and help required while working with a great group of people. Email Lois at jandl.brinck@paradise.net.nz or phone 04 2987797. 

The Annual General Meeting

The AGM will be held at the Learning Centre on Wednesday 17th July at 1.30pm. Our Guest Speaker is Ricky Mark who will talk about earthquake preparedness. Put the date in your diary and come to the AGM. Only paid up members can vote so if in doubt check with Jim Heron, email: sparky@paradise.net.nz.

Gordon Wykes

Sadly we have to report that long serving Committee member Gordon Wykes passed away on 10th June . Gordon had been with SeniorNet since its start here in Kapiti almost 15 years ago and in that time, he made many valuable contributions especially in marketing and promotion of our Learning Centre.

Setting up your new PC or Laptop

Mac Pro Set Up #1Have you recently purchased a new PC or laptop? If you have, you’ve probably already realised that there’s quite a bit of work to be done getting properly set up (and your old files moved across). Many new systems also need you to go through a “complicated” setup process which can be daunting for many. Sadly, SeniorNet can’t offer this type of service but we know who does…

Regardless of where you purchased your new computer, both Noel Leeming and Harvey Norman offer a commercial service whereby they come to your house and set everything up for you (at a fixed price). If you’re new to PCs or just nervous about getting started, we strongly recommend that you take advantage of this service. It will cost you a little extra over and above the cost of your new PC but in our view, this is money well spent. Don’t forget to mention that you’re a member of SeniorNet Kapiti and show them your membership card to get their “best price”.

IMG_6976Members wanting to bring their own laptops to our classes must make sure that their machine is properly set up and everything is working. If the Lead Tutor is not satisfied that these items are in place, they will ask you to use one of our PCs for the course. We are not able to spend time fixing member’s laptops during classes – sorry.
If you wish to use your PC at the Learning Centre, the following must be working…


  • Operating System must be fully installed (the “startup” process mentioned above)
  • WiFi working
  • Internet access working (using Internet Explorer, Chrome, Safari or Opera browser)
  • Virus checker working and up to date (Microsoft, AVG, Avast, Trend Micro, Norton or similar)

Optional, but highly recommended:

  • Windows Updates turned on and up to date
  • Email set up and working
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader installed
  • Access to a Live Account (required for Windows 8 only)

All these items should be covered by the commercial Service Call from Noel Leeming or Harvey Normal mentioned above.

And remember, once you’re all set up and working, you can take advantage of our regular “How do I….?” Workshops to get help with problems and issues (but not full system setups!).

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