Newsletter April 2022

From Sue

Hello everyone, 

Here at SeniorNet Kapiti, its been great to see so many of our members taking classes at the Learning Centre, during Term 1. We look forward to seeing you back again in Term 2, to engage in some of the courses and workshops on offer.

Here’s a copy of the advertisement that recently appeared in the Kapiti News. Just in case you missed it! We thought it was worth sending out, it helps to give an insight into how SeniorNet Kapiti can help you. Click the picture for a larger view

SeniorNet Kapiti have 2 PCs left to ‘dispose of’ so are offering these to members or friends of members who may want to have one at their home – see more below.

I’ve been busy with family and friends over the Easter break as I’m sure many of you will have been too. What I did notice; ‘gone’ are the days when most people check their email from their laptops or computers! Its so much easier now, we have smartphones that can help us with almost everything. People order rides, pay bills, buy food, and read emails—all from their phone. My grandchildren tell me they are ‘tech savvy’, so its up to us all to join in, so we can to keep up to speed (and in touch!) with these young ones.

Term 2 timetable has been published, so start to plan your next course or workshop, to ensure you don’t miss out on your next opportunity to do something different.

Remember that SeniorHangouts, although available at various times the sessions can also be seen afterwards, by viewing a recording of a session you may have missed. Sessions are brief (see more below) and are available click here

Have you been able to catch up with family or friends who are not living locally? I find its a great way to have a quick chat and hear all the latest exploits. Its just a matter of setting up a monthly (or weekly) ‘Zoom’ session.

Sue Connor
Chair, SeniorNet Kapiti Inc.

PCs For Free – Specification:

We have 2 PC’s (left) which are free and are around 10 years old. They are a desktop unit that includes:

A flat panel monitor, USB keyboard & USB mouse. A PC box with the following features: Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i3CPU 3.30 GHz. Installed RAM 8.00 GB. System type 64-bit operating system, x64-based processor. Operating system  Windows 10, reset to be configured by the new owner. No sound card and No WEB cam.

Please use the following email to you put your name down for a PC, contact

Support From Pelorus Trust and The Pub Charity

We have completed the requirements for reporting to The Pub Charity for the grant kindly received. We now have until May to complete the reporting activities to Pelorus Trust for the grant kindly received. SeniorNet Kapiti thank both, for helping us to support our members with Windows 10 and Windows 11.

Term 2 Timetable

Click here to view Term 2 course and workshop timetables.

Changes Due to Covid-19 – we are Open

The Government has reviewed the restrictions under the traffic light system.

We are now at ORANGE.

The focus of the change is to make life simpler and closer to normal but at the same time to retain the things that are most effective at reducing the spread of COVID-19 and protecting people, there is an essential shift from community protective measures to individual responsibility

As we now are at Orange you can expect things to be a little different at the Learning Centre;

  • Tutors are all fully vaccinated
  • SeniorNet Kapiti recommends that members keep all their vaccinations up to date
  • For privacy reasons, no vaccination information has been retained by SeniorNet Kapiti
  • Masks are required to be worn in the Learning Centre based on the Traffic Light level at the time – the Lead Tutor is not required to wear a mask when teaching (there will be a 1m distance from participants).
  • Distancing is also one of the protective measures
  • Tutors will continue to be discouraged from handling members devices (laptops, smartphones etc)

SeniorHangouts is Running – every day

SeniorHangouts is the online learning platform run by SeniorNet.

All current members of SeniorNet Learning Centres in New Zealand are welcome to participate (free).

With the recent launch of the new, integrated SeniorHangouts website, everyone is required to re-register. It’s a super-simple process and our members are encouraged to join and participate – it’s free to all SeniorNet Kapiti members

If you are interested in what’s coming up next week (and every week), please use this excellent site (thanks to SeniorNet Manawatu) which is updated Sunday evening. It also includes direct links to the upcoming sessions – just click and go!

To watch old sessions, go to the SeniorHangouts website, where you can watch previously held sessions in the extensive library on a wide variety of topics that may interest you.

Why not invite one of your friends to a SeniorHangouts session and take the opportunity to meet, talk technology and socialise with other seniors.

SeniorNet Kapiti

Happy Learning!

Please Support our Sponsors

Please don’t forget to support our National sponsors – they’re important to SeniorNet and help us at the local level in many ways, including offering discounts to our members.

Always show your membership card and ask if there’s a discount for SeniorNet members – you might be rather surprised!

The best example is Noel Leeming where the SeniorNet discount extends well beyond computers to everything in their store but please be insistent that they scan your barcode before they give you a price!

Suzuki has recently reconfirmed their offer to our members of free on-road costs on new vehicles so it always pays to ask.

There are more details about the individual sponsorships on the Federation’s website here