Newsletter May 2022

From Sue

Hello everyone, 

Here at SeniorNet Kapiti our Term 2 has started really well, with members taking an interest in the courses and workshops on offer. Please don’t forget to take advantage of 1/2 price courses and workshops until the end of 2022.

Below are some important dates for you to put into your diary, to keep in touch with what’s going on at SeniorNet Kapiti

SeniorNet Kapiti AGM will be held on Wednesday 29 June at 1.30pm in the Learning Centre at 200 Matai Road, Raumati South.

If you would like to nominate someone for the committee, please go to SeniorNet Kapiti web site and complete the online form.

Please attend the AGM (29 June at 1.30pm) to enable the nominations for committee members to be voted in, and to enjoy an afternoon tea together.

SeniorNet Kapiti also celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. The date is Thursday 28 July 2022 at 1.30pm.

We would like to gauge how many people may attend this event, so we will ensure to send out more details about the celebration in the coming weeks.

It has been an interesting and varied start to the month. SeniorNet Kapiti are helping at the Cameo Society Inc. (Drop-in) at Mahara Place, Waikanae. Previously, SeniorNet Kapiti have helped the community at the Paraparaumu Library, and now we are trialing having a two hour session, on a regular basis (once a fortnight). We will be there to help with your devices (smartphone [Android] or iPhone/iPad and computers).

SeniorNet Kapiti can help you to apply for the Updated Vaccine Pass: Available from 24 May 2022. These passes will be available for anyone aged 12 and over who is up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccinations, as well as those with temporary medical exemption.

SeniorNet Kapiti Term 2 timetable has been published and the term is well underway, so why not book your next course or workshop now? Ensure you don’t miss out on your next opportunity to do something different and ‘give it a go’.

Remember SeniorHangouts? While they’re available at various fixed times, the sessions can also be seen afterwards by viewing a recording of any 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? Its a great way to have a quick chat, without the hassle of travelling on these colder days. Its just a matter of setting up a monthly (or weekly) ‘online’ session. Let us know if you need help to get yourself setup.

Sue Connor
Chair, SeniorNet Kapiti Inc.

PCs have all gone to new homes:

We have now passed all the PCs onto their new owners, SeniorNet Kapiti hope you get lots of use from them.

Support From Pelorus Trust

Pelorus Trust kindly ‘approved the change of purpose’ for SeniorNet Kapiti to purchase a more sustainable printer from their earlier grant. We have recently purchased a new printer and it is now setup in the Learning Centre Office.

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