Newsletter November 2022

From Sue

Hello everyone, 

SeniorNet Kapiti, Term 4 Timetable

Check out SeniorNet Kapiti Term 4 timetable, NOW!. Why not catch a few classes from the offerings of courses or workshops that you would like to include before the end of the year. Please see more below…

Remember to take advantage of ½ price courses and workshops until the end of this year, 2022.

Members ‘end of year Xmas Function’, Wednesday 7 December, at 4pm

Join us at SeniorNet Kapiti

The Committee have nearly finalised the planning for our members Christmas function. We’re looking forward to seeing you at the Learning Centre, for our social end of year function, food and drinks will be available.

Please RSVP to Elaine on Phone 021 169 6256 this will help with numbers for catering.

So come along and join in the festivities at SeniorNet Kapiti, Learning Centre at 200 Matai Road, Raumati Beach, at 4pm on Wednesday 7 December. Meet the team and try for a spot prize too!

SeniorNet Kapiti, are reviewing how we can be of assistance to the community

There are many areas where we can partner with other organisations to be of service to the community, and we are keen to help out further in that area.

Amongst some of the initiatives being assessed by the SeniorNet Federation, is the possibility that SeniorNet’s around the country will be able to assist in the 2023 Census – but this has not yet confirmed with the agency. However, we will let everyone know once this has been confirmed.

Welcome to Morven Patafilo who has joined SeniorNet Kapiti as Office Administrator

SeniorNet Kapiti, are pleased to welcome Morven to the team here at the Learning Centre. If Morven pops into the office when you’re attending a class, please introduce yourself. Morven will add value to the Learning Centre and is a welcome addition to the volunteer team.

The Big OE, has come to an end!

OE news! I’ve been giving updates of my grand-son and his fiancée, overseas travel adventure. Well, they have now arrived back in New Zealand They are now looking forward to the Christmas holidays, with family and friends, and very happy to be home. They have so many stories, I’ve yet to hear, so be prepared 🙂 I may share a few with you! Their only ‘sad story’ I’m aware of, is an error around a Visa permit requirement. So remember to check out Visa requirements for country(s) early so you don’t miss out. They came back mid-November, and are with their fur babies, Marlo and Archie. The photos they put online were interesting, and the story with it, so I saved a few, that will keep me happy for a while.

Remember if you’re not sure how to set up an online chat, or Facetime (iPad or iPhone and Android), just let SeniorNet Kapiti know, and we will help get you started.

Sue Connor
Chair, SeniorNet Kapiti Inc.

Scams, get help to identify ‘what is a scam’

Contact, CertNZ or Netsafe to help you with further information.



I read an article whilst I was away on a short holiday, about a scam. It saddened me to know that a person in NZ had been scammed out of a significant amount of money.

On reading the story, it made me realise that everyone may not regularly review their bank accounts. Please start to get into a routine of checking your accounts on a regular basis. This is to ensure there are no large sums of money being transferred without your approval. Discuss with your bank if you need any further information to safe-guard your hard earned money.

SeniorNet Kapiti run Scam workshops, and we will continue to have them in our schedule next year.

Please check out CertNZ and Netsafe if you want to know more about staying safe online. The links are to the left.

We are Looking for an Enrolment Coordinator !

Do you enjoy organising? We will soon need an Enrolment Coordinator as Elaine our current Coordinator is off overseas in the New Year. Elaine will be missed by the team here at SeniorNet Kapiti.

Do you think you’ll enjoy the role of Enrolment Coordinator? It will mean taking calls (smartphone provided) from members who wish to enroll onto a course or workshop. I’m sure this will suit someone who has an interest in people and helping them to get the best out of their learning experience.

At SeniorNet Kapiti we enjoy sharing our technical knowledge and helping out generally. We believe that we all learn something new each day, so come along and join the SeniorNet Kapiti volunteer team.

Cleaner required for SeniorNet Kapiti Learning Centre

Please contact SeniorNet Kapiti, on (04) 299 0754 about the above role and payment details. The Learning Centre is at 200 Matai Road, Raumati Beach.

We’d love to hear from you if you’re interested in any of the above roles. Please don’t be shy, get in touch with SeniorNet Kapiti to tell us more about yourself, and how you would like to help. You can call the office on (04) 299 0754 and leave a message – Sue will contact you for a chat.

Open Days – are scheduled in the New Year, Coastlands and one at the Learning Centre


SeniorNet Kapiti will be holding an Open Day at Coastlands Mall on 31 January 2023.

We will let you know further details closer to the date.


SeniorNet Kapiti will be holding an Open Day on 7 February 2023. Which will be held at the Learning Centre, 200 Matai Road, Raumati Beach.

This Open Day is being held for existing Members. This will help members to see how we put courses and workshop schedules together, as well as answer any questions you may have.

Term 4 Courses and Workshops

SeniorNet Kapiti Term 4 ; book your next course or workshop now? Ensure you don’t miss out on your next opportunity to do something different. Please call or text Elaine on 021 169 6256 to book your place on a course or workshop.

Please also call Elaine on 021 169 6256 if you are unable to attend a class that you have booked. It’s difficult to tell people that courses or workshops are fully booked, only to find out that someone hasn’t come along. So please let us know.

Government Announcement on the Traffic Light System – How it Affects SeniorNet Kapiti

We are no longer operating under the traffic light system….

The COVID-19 Protection Framework (the traffic lights) was removed at 11:59pm, on 12 September 2022.

This marks a major milestone in New Zealand’s journey with COVID-19. The decision, based on public health advice, means everyone in New Zealand can approach the coming summer with certainty.

With cases and hospitalisations at a lower number, improved access to new medicines (anti-virals), and high vaccination rates, it is now safe to move on from the traffic light system and provide greater certainty for people, whānau, communities and businesses.

At SeniorNet Kapiti…

  • We support our Tutors to wear masks if they wish.
  • SeniorNet Kapiti recommends that members keep all their vaccinations up to date
  • For privacy reasons, no vaccination information has been retained by SeniorNet Kapiti
  • Members are welcome to wear a Mask in the Learning Centre, if they wish.
  • Tutors are encouraged to avoid 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