Newsletter – July 2016


The AGM was held on the 20th July with a good attendance of 32 members. The guest speaker Mr. John McBeth gave a very informative speech about instances in his life of broadcasting radio and television dating back to the early 1980s through to the present time. This covered Olympics, Commonwealth Games, Rugby and Americas Cup Yachting. At present he’s getting himself ready to cover the Rio Olympics.

Elected at the meeting were your 2016/17 committee:

Chairman – Brian Milne,                          Vice Chairperson – Teresa Urutia,

Treasurer – David Salter,                          Secretary – Jim Heron,

Committee – Ian McLuckie, Kuini Woolcock, Pat Stephens, Peter Bunkall, Peter Jones, Peter Thomson, Shona Spicer, Sue Connor, Veronica Kemp.

Imm. Past Chairman – Barry Bailey.

Course Bookings (Phone Number)

Very Old PhoneTeresa Urutia is away overseas on holiday throughout most of August so if you call her number (as published on our website and all our printed timetables), you’ll get an answerphone message telling you to call Shona Spicer instead. To save you the ping-pong phone calls, Shona’s number is (04) 905 1643.

Enrol today for one of our classes or click to see our Course Timetable. Remember also that we have reduced charges for any member wishing to repeat a course. Click here to see all our course costs.


Two special workshops are coming up Trade Me Wed. 17th Aug. at 1.30pm and Skype on Thurs. 25th Aug. at 9.30am. just turn up on the day. The charge for workshops is $5.00. Remember that we also have our usual workshops running each month and no prior booking is required: How Do I…?, Q&A, iPad and Android tablet/phones. Click to see our Workshop Timetable on our website. If you’ve already completed a course and need some additional help to clarify a few points we are, as always, delighted to help at one of our regular How Do I…? Workshops.

Windows 10 Upgrade – Last Call

Crying Man CartoonThis is our last opportunity to convince our members to upgrade to Microsoft’s state of the art Operating System – Windows 10. Peter Bunkall has just published a compelling article on our website (here) which we strongly encourage you to read if you haven’t yet upgraded. Sadly, there’s too much negative publicity around the Windows 10 upgrade focussing on a very small number of problems. We don’t deny that problems can occur but we also know that well over 300 Million people have successfully installed this upgrade on their PCs – why are you waiting? After July 29th 2016, your procrastination will cost you at least $US109 if you decide to belatedly upgrade. Please read what Peter has to say (here) and if he’s convinced you (or even if you’re teetering), get that upgrade underway. You should at least give the upgrade a chance – if it fails, it will automatically revert to your old system and if you really don’t like the “new” Windows, you have 30 days to trigger a rollback. Time is most definitely running out and the “free lunch” will shortly be withdrawn forever!

Email Using Windows Mail

Windows 10 contains a brand new, modern email program Windows Mail Logo(called Windows Mail) which is an excellent substitute for Windows Live Mail. We are just completing development of a new course to teach our members all about Windows Mail and the first class starts on 1 September and will be taught by Peter Jones (the course developer). Why not enrol now and find out what this new, easy-to-use email programme is all about. Give Shona a call on
(04) 905 1643. NB Make sure you make it clear to Shona you want to do the Windows Mail Course as there’s still a scheduled Windows Live Mail Course and you don’t want to end up learning about that old and out-of-date stuff…do you!

Tutors and Assistant Tutors Wanted

We always need tutors and assistant tutors so please contact Kuini at and she will discuss the options with you. Join our happy group for a monthly cuppa (& chockie biscuits) and a chat where new and old ideas are discussed. It’s amazing but after each session you learn something. Training is given by experienced senior/lead tutors and you are eased into a class as one of the assistant tutors. This is also a great opportunity to keep up with all the latest advances in the computer world.

Keeping Up-To-Date

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Have fun computing

Chairman Brian

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