Newsletter for April 2017

New Workshop – Avoidance of Scams

ScamsThe Avoidance of Scams Workshop will cover various Scams that may appear on computers or in text messages.  If you have questions bring them along, we will try to answer any questions on the day or we will get back to you!  Put the date into your calendar now! Thursday 22 June at 1.30pm to 4pm (cost is $5.00 and places are limited – booking with Teresa is essential).


Computers – should we turn them “On/Off”

So what is best – leave your computer on all the time or turn it off when you’re not using it? And what about your printer and modem; should you be turning them off?

It turns out that you can leave your computer on all day, but make sure it ‘goes to sleep’ after 10 minutes or so, if not using it. That way you’ll use minimum power for maximum use/convenience. Turn it off at night; that way you’ll save some power and give the computer a chance to restart clean in the morning. Your printer and modem?  Might as well leave them on, as they draw hardly any power, and it won’t hurt them.

The rewards of SeniorNet membership

Over the past 10 years as a member of Kapiti SeniorNet, I have come to recognise the many benefits I have enjoyed. As a Tutor, I have had the satisfaction of seeing students have their ‘eureka’ moments when they begin to make the technology work for them and I appreciate the large amount of voluntary time the 30 Tutors and 13 Committee members donate to make us a strong 350 member organization.

Membership and involvement in taking part in the many workshops as well as continuous learning at the various courses keeps the ‘brain cells’ working effectively. I maintain that every time I attend a SeniorNet session, I always come away having learned something new. Making new friends at classes adds to the social interaction amongst members.

Our age group is privileged to be part of the Information Technology age which enable us to source information about any subject and of course, ensures that we keep up do date with our families wherever they are.

Chairman, Brian

Kāpiti – Age on the Go Expo

2017 Seniors’ Expo is to be held on Saturday 29 April at the Waikanae War Memorial Hall, please come along and see what is available to the community. SeniorNet will be there!




Course Bookings

Please call Teresa at (04) 298 3132 and enrol in your chosen course,

Why not check out our classes and see if there is something to interest you for the next term or click to see our Course Timetable and costs. The course ‘Introduction to Computers’ is Free and well suited to get into the basics of computing.  Please pass this information on to friends and family.  Remember that we also have reduced charges for any member wishing to repeat a course.


Why is everyone younger than us so obsessed with a person’s age? Why is it that when we grow old our confidence is not the same?

For most of us, moving from the workforce into retirement is an enormous lifestyle change. The transition from work to home can make it easy to lose our sense of value. Growing old is yet another challenge that affects our confidence and how we feel about ourselves. Our families love us dearly but to them we are old. They worry about us and want to do things for us and sometimes it’s easier to let them.  Government and private organisations formed for the older generation focus on our physical needs for the future and continue to come up with “new” ideas which we often recognise as reinventing the wheel.

As this quote from Mark Twain says:

“There is no such thing as a new idea. It is impossible. We simply take a lot of old ideas and put them into a sort of mental kaleidoscope. We give them a turn and they make new and curious combinations. We keep on turning and making new combinations indefinitely; but they are the same old pieces of coloured glass that have been in use through all the ages.”

With this quote in mind, take a moment out of your day (particularly if it’s been a challenging one) and think about the old pieces of coloured glass that you have used to achieve and learn with over your lifetime. This is your value and with it came wisdom. Don’t let anyone else underestimate them.

Next time you are in a group of your peers challenge some of them to move out of their comfort zone, try something new, interact with people outside their generation and be confident sharing their knowledge and wisdom.

And last but by no means the least, if you ever do become overwhelmed by new technology and feel unsure discussing it with a knowledgeable young person just remind yourself of this, young people know how to run fast but old people know the way. Take one step at a time at your own pace.

Acknowledgement: Golden-ager

Wicked Biscuits – Ian B’s Recipe

Melt together 125gm butter and ¾ cups brown sugar

Mix in a packet of crushed malt or wine biscuits.

Press firmly into oiled and baking paper lined slice tin. Use a standard or largish size tin as you don’t want this layer to be too thick.

Top with, in this order –

  • ½ cup fruit (raisins or cranberries or whatever)
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup chopped apricots
  • ½ cup coconut threads
  • ¾ cup sliced almonds

Drizzle over 1 tin condensed milk

Bake 45 minutes @ 150 degrees, probably needing foil over in the last 15 minutes to stop burning


Regular Workshops are $5.00 per session (except Q&A which is a large gold coin). The current regular workshops are Q&A, iPad-iPhone/Android Workshops each month and no prior booking is required. Click to see our Workshop and Special Interest Group (SIG) Timetable. 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 How Do I…? workshop sessions, where the charge varies depending on how long we spend helping you (max $10 per hour).

Our Website – Keep Connected

This has information to help our members keep up to date with what’s happening in and around the Learning Centre, along with interesting articles. We believe it’s very easy to use and if you want to be informed when new articles appear, you need to go to the website and click on the Follow button which appears at the bottom right-hand side of your browser.

Enter your email address and click Sign me up. After that you’ll get a short email from “Wordpress” when new material is posted. Your email address is kept in the strictest confidence and never shared with anyone else.

Tutors and Assistant Tutors Wanted

It may appear that we are always requesting for tutors and assistant tutors to join SeniorNet and that’s because we are!  So please contact Kuini at and she will discuss the options with you. Join our friendly and supportive group and bring your ideas forward for discussion. Experienced senior/lead tutors are there to train you to become assistant tutors and this is also a great opportunity to keep up with all the latest advances in the computer world. Tutors also need to keep themselves updated so enrol in a course or go along as an assistant tutor.


Please support our sponsors: Noel Leeming, Vodafone, Westpac Bank and Grey Power. Remember to take your SeniorNet card with you as substantial discounts are given on most items at Noel Leeming (not just computers!).

Have fun computing

Chairman Brian