Thursday, May 26, 2016

Twenty Fourth Annual General Meeting of SeniorNet Wellington Incorporated – Wednesday, 8 June 2016 commencing at 10.00 am.

AGM papers have been sent to members.

Notice has been given to members that the Twenty Fourth Annual General Meeting of SeniorNet Wellington Incorporated will be held in the Amora 1 Room, Ground Floor, Amora Hotel,170 Wakefield Street, Wellington on Wednesday, 8 June 2016 commencing at 10.00 am.

A copy of the full agenda and supporting papers were included with the Notice given.

The full content can also be downloaded from this website. (See “AGM 2016” on the front left page of this website).

Members have been asked to advise their attendance by emailing wellingtonseniornet@gmail.com, or by phoning the SeniorNet Office 473 1510 (10.00 am-12 Noon, or leave a message if office is unattended)

Register on or before 1 June 2016 and attend the AGM to be in a draw for a 1TB external hard drive.



Tuesday, May 24, 2016

W&P (Writing & Publishing) Special Learning Group meeting, Wednesday 15 June, 12.30 pm - 2.30 pm

When: Wednesday 15 June, 12.30 pm - 2.30 pm

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Meeting Room 2

What:  Alan Royal has been writing a monthly computer column for CountryWide, the national rural magazine, for nearly two decades.  He has, as a result,  developed a pretty keen sense for using Word shortcuts, tips and tricks. Have fun wandering around Word with Alan.

This should be a relaxed session as Alan, at short notice, has agreed to fill in for the advertised presenters.

This session is free to all members.

Computer Owners Group (COG) Special Learning Group (SLG), Wednesday, 15 June, 10.00 am – 12.00 pm

When: COG SLG Wednesday, 15 June, 10.00 am – 12.00 pm

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Meeting Room 2

What: This is your meeting, so please bring your questions and comments. Alan Royal will facilitate. Special Learning Groups (SLG) are free to all SeniorNet Wellington members.

Topics discussed at our last COG meeting included:

-       W10 installation problems on HP and Toshiba computers

-       Recovering lost files

-       Fibre optic installation

-       File extension problems

-       Medic alarms

-       Linking laptops to printers

-       Converting PDFs to Word files, and

-       Questionable guarantees.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Workshop – Online scams, fraud, suspicious emails, etc – Wednesday 1 June 2016, 10.00 am – 12 Noon

When: Wednesday 1 June 2016, 10.00 am – 12 Noon

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Meeting Room 2

What: Learn about what viruses are and what different categories of Malicious Software (Malware) can do.

  • How to be vigilant against these cyber attacks and how we can take steps to protect ourselves online.
  • What are the differences between free and paid anti-virus programmes and how to decide which is best for you.
  • Look at our risky behaviours on social networks like Facebook - as we often share sensitive information online that is easily accessible to cyber criminals.


Presenter: Antony Zogg, Learning Specialist at Noel Leeming will lead the workshop. Questions will be welcome.

Registration: Please register with Colin Archer at ColinArcher@xtra.co.nz. As places are limited first come, first served!

Investment $5 payable at the door - correct change would be appreciated.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Question & Answers Meeting, (Q&A.) Thursday 26 May, 2016, 10.00 am -- 12.00 pm

When: Thursday 26 May, 2016, 10.00 am -- 12.00 pm.    

Where:  Anvil House, Level 1, Meeting Room  2

What:  An opportunity to learn and share, where everyone is welcome,  especially the new SeniorNet members and at no cost to anyone.

All questions are addressed and hopefully successfully answered and the only 'silly' question is the one that is not asked.

This is also an opportunity to share with other SeniorNet members any hints or tips that can make computing easier and/or more interesting.  So don’t be shy come along and get to meet up with other members who may be of assistance to you.

 Some items discussed at the April meeting were:

  • Strong recommendation that only one anti virus programme be used at any one time.
  • Discussion re problems with wireless keyboard lag. 
  • A member with suspected spyware was advised to use the Ad-Aware programme. 
  • Updated reports on Fibre installations were received.
  • More Windows 10 questions mainly involving various printers
  • The Clinics, held on Mondays,  were explained again for the benefit of newer members. 

Lionel looks forward to meeting and greeting you all.  Remember  this Meeting is Free to all members.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Android Devices Meeting, Tuesday 24 May 2016: 10.00 am – 12.00 pm

When: Tuesday 24 May 2016: 10.00 am – 12.00 pm

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Room 2

What: Q & A format.

Facilitator: Graeme Munro

Are you having problems with your Android device or just interested in learning more about it? If so, you are welcome to come along & ask questions.

Don't be shy. These sessions are specifically designed to help the beginner. Come and ask your questions so that we can help you get the most out of your phone or tablet. Even if you don’t have any questions yourself, still please come along as you may have the answer to someone else’s question.

Some of the topics discussed at our last meeting were:

  • Deleting photos
  • Setting photos as wallpaper
  • Saving & using maps offline
  • Welly Walks App
  • Changing the location of downloaded apps 
  • Changing ringtones for calls & notifications

New members are particularly welcome.

The first part of our session will be devoted to questions from new Android users.

These sessions are free for members. No registration is required.

Upgrade to Windows 10 Short Course, Friday 10 June 2016, 10.00 am – 12.00 pm

When: Friday 10 June 2016, 10.00 am – 12.00 pm

Where:  Anvil House, Level 1, Rooms 11 & 12

What: Windows 10 is Microsoft’s must recent operating system released about a year ago.  Upgrading your PC to Windows 10 is totally optional and if your present operating system is not causing any problems, you may choose to remain with that operating system until you purchase a new computer.

If however you have a laptop that is currently running windows 8.1 or Windows 7 and is capable of running windows 10, and you wish to upgrade, this course will guide you through the process.

You must be able to bring your own laptop to the course.

During the course, the Windows 10 software will be downloaded to your computer and you will be guided through the upgrade.


The cost of the course is $10 payable at the door.

Please register with Maureen Pratchett at maureen.pratchett@paradise.net.nz.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Workshop - GENEALOGY – Using Online Newspapers to Research your Family Tree, Friday 20th May 2016 – 10.00 am to Noon

When: Friday 20th May 2016 – 10.00 am to Noon

Where:  Anvil House, Level 1, Room 2

What: This workshop will show you some websites on the internet to find online newspapers and how to access their search functions to achieve results.   (Notes will be emailed to participants).

Online newspapers are a powerful tool to expand on the life and times of your ancestors and they help to pad out your ancestors lives.

We will visit these web sites and perform a few different types of searches to show you how they work.


  • ‘Papers Past’ -  National Library of New Zealand Digital Library
  • ‘Trove’ – National Library of Australia – Digital Collection
  • ‘Find My Past’- Has a separate section for searching countries newspapers from around the world that have been digitised by the British Library
  • ‘PERSI’ – at Find my Past website is - a rich, exclusive collection of the world’s best family history periodicals - searchable
  • ‘Ancestry.com’-  have 1,068 searchable newspapers and periodicals going back to1600 from around the world
  • ‘Wellington City Library’ – through My Gateway (online) you can have access to many online newspapers –e.g. Times Digital Archives
  • ‘National Library of NZ’ – a large collection of searchable newspapers databases from  around the globe dating back to 17th century
  • ‘Family Search’ - have a wiki page with link to a huge collection of digital newspapers
  • ‘The British Library’ – 10 great online Newspaper archives
  • ‘Google News’ – Links to just about any newspaper ever written.


Please register with Natalie Thornton at natalies.oe@gmail.com .  Places will be limited to 20 so first come, first served!

Investment: $5 is payable at the door - correct change would be appreciated.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Digicam(Digital Camera) S.I.G. Meeting - Thursday 12 May 2016 - 10.00 am - 12.00 pm

When: Thursday 12 May 2016- 10.00 am - 12.00 pm

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Room 2

What: Following last month's "safari" to the Harbour, bring photos you took either on your camera, or on a memory stick (flash drive).

What we are going to do: is critique your images as a group. Should be fun if you didn't attend the April Safari, no problem, just bring along some photos that you feel we and you can benefit from discussion.

We will use Fastone Image Viewer to "play around" with, adjust, and enhance your photos, per the group's directions. Your original photo will not  be altered, but, you may like or prefer the "adjustments" better than the original.

We look forward to enjoying your company. This meeting is free to all members.

Apple Mac Computer User Group Meeting – Monday 16 May 2016, 10.00 am – 12 noon

When: Monday 16 May, 10.00 am – 12 noon

Note the change from the 4th Monday to the 3rd Monday

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Meeting Room 2

What: This month we will be looking at Ad blockers. Can they really stop all those annoying pop ups?

Share your knowledge and experiences with other Apple Mac Computer users.

Ask questions, help with answers, exchange experiences and listen to or provide some helpful hints.

Are you new to Mac? Thinking of purchasing an Apple Mac?  Come along observe and even ask questions.

It is an opportunity to learn, to expand your knowledge and skills on Apple Mac by sharing the know-how of other members.

This meeting is free to all members.