Sunday, March 31, 2013

Workshop - How to install and use Skype, Tuesday 16 April, 10.00 am -12 noon

When: Tuesday 16 April 10.00 am - 12 noon

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Meeting Room 2

What: The workshop will look at the Skype program, which can be used to make calls (both voice and video) over the internet, for free.

How to download the software, install it and get the program up and running, so that you can talk to family and friends, as well as see them if you have a web camera, will be demonstrated.

The cost of the workshop is $5 payable at the door.

Please register with Keith Kenderdine at Please wear a name tag.

Friday, March 29, 2013

SeniorNet Wellington Visitors’ Session, Friday 19 April, commencing at 10.00 am

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, 138 to 140 Wakefield Street

Join us for morning tea or coffee and we’ll show you what we do

If you’re new to computers

  • Learn toYou’re never too old to learn new skills
  • No prior knowledge or skills required
  • All activities are designed for our age group
  • Learn at your own pace

If you have some knowledge 

  • Share and exchange skills and experiences
  • Learn new techniques from others
  • Join interest groups
  • Keep pace with new technology
  • Help others to learn and acquire new skills

We learn together, share knowledge, have fun and meet friendly people.

Subscriptions and course and workshop fees are modest.

For more information and to register, please contact
Colin Archer Phone 478 6559   email

Check our website  for further information

Windows 8 hands on Workshop Wednesday 3 April 10.00 am – 12.00 pm

When: Wednesday 3 April 10.00 am – 12.00 pm

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Room 11

What: Many commentators describe Windows 8 features and behaviours as perplexing, to even the most experienced PC users. Most of them are, in fact,  immediately intuitive.

We have to keep an open mind as most of us are resistant to change.

It is said the system was primarily designed for touch control, and as a result, many mouse and keyboard commands feel like tacked-on afterthoughts. In the facilitators view this can be challenged.

This workshop is a hands on exercise for those who are using Windows 8 now (please note).

Alan Royal will demonstrate essential features of Windows 8 .  This will include mouse, touchscreen, gestures and keyboard shortcuts.

Please register  with Alan Royal at

As we can only handle five students at a time only those registered can be accepted. Depending on the popularity of the session it will be repeated in the near future. Note again – the session is only for those now using Window 8.

The investment for the session including notes is $10 (which includes a CD with notes). Please have correct change.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Weebly Toolkit: App to Create a Website Workshop - Thursday 11 April 2013 - 10.00 am -12 noon

When: Thursday 11 April 2013 10.00 am -12 noon

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Room 2

What: Have you ever pondered the idea of having a website for a project or a small club or organisation you are associated with but dismissed it because you don’t have the technical skills?
Well, if you can drag and drop you can build a website using the online Weebly toolkit which Maureen will introduce you to, and it’s totally free.
The toolkit is very user friendly, comes with great help articles, and has some pretty sophisticated elements.
This workshop will cover how to start, what you can do with the tool set and how to publish your new website so that others can access it.

Register please with Maureen Pratchett at

The investment of $5 is payable at the door. Correct change please.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Smartphones Workshop, Thursday 4 April - 9.45 am to 12 noon

When: Thursday April 4, from 9.45 am to 12 noon

Where: Anvil House,Level 1, Meeting Room 2   138 – 140 Wakefield St

What: This session is being run for us by courtesy of Telecom. It will commence with a short presentation about some of the great things we can do with the latest mobile technology. Then we’ll break off into smaller groups with Telecom people so you can discover more about your smartphone and ask questions about it.

You need to bring your phone and make sure it is fully charged. Also bring any accessories you want to learn more about.

When registering please tell us your mobile phone’s brand and model number – You’ll find this on the box it came in or on the label in the battery compartment. Also please indicate which of the following would be of interest to you.

  • Making a phone call
  • Loading contacts
  • Changing my ringtone
  • Sending a text message
  • Answering voice mail
  • Using applications
  • Altering screen lock
  • Predictive text
  • Changing volume
  • Managing my mobile bill
  • Name anything else 

Numbers are limited to 25 so register early with  

Cost $5 payable on the day, correct change please

Friday, March 22, 2013

Windows 8 Morning - Workshop - Friday 5 April, 10 am - 12 pm - Enrolments Now Open

When: Friday 5 April, 10 am - 12 pm

Where: Anvil House, Level 1 Meeting Room 2

What:  Microsoft have made Windows 8 the preferred operating system for new desktop and laptop computers.  This radically revised software is designed so as to seamlessly work, as well, on mobile devices.

We will not have to imbibe a galaxy of additional knowledge before going from one device to another.
Most of our existing Microsoft software applications, such as Microsoft Office 2007 [with PowerPoint, Excel, Microsoft Picture Manager and Word], can be transferred to an updated or replacement device.
Many of our other favourite applications can also readily re-install and associated information transferred.  We will cover these aspects in some detail. There can be considerable savings effected by reusing existing software licenses in the event of a future purchase of a Windows 8 replacement device.

The Friday 5 April Workshop is intended to impart a knowledge of the advantages provided by the first major re-write of the Microsoft operating system for some years. This has implications for those of us that already have computers, as well as those who may be considering upgrading or replacing equipment.
SeniorNet will also shortly be offering "Hands-on"  instruction workshop sessions for small groups, for those who seek further experience.

The cost of the workshop is $5 payable at the door.

Register ASAP with Trevor King at

Please remember to include your phone number or email address when registering.

Wellington Central Library Tour – Friday 5 April 2013, 10.30 am – 12.00 noon

When: Friday 5 April 2013, 10.30 am  – 12.00 noon

Where: Wellington Central Library, 65 Victoria Street, Wellington

What: An opportunity for SeniorNet members to take a guided tour of the Central Library to learn of the diversity of resources and information.
Surprise yourself! Understand what’s available on each floor. Work on some Library computers to access online resources. Check out past papers, ancestry and plenty more.
Book early! The tour is limited to 10 people.
Please register with Colin Archer Phone 478 6559. Advice of detailed arrangements will be sent to registrants prior to the tour.
This tour is free to members

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Apple Mac Computer User Group Meeting – Monday 25 March 2013, 10 am - 12 noon

When: Monday 25 March, 10.00 am – 12 noon

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Meeting Room 2

What: 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.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Internet banking workshop,Tuesday 19 March,10 am - 12 pm

When :   Tuesday 19 March, 10 am to 12 pm

Where:   Anvil House,  Level 1, Meeting room 2, 138-140 Wakefield St.  
What:   Dean Burt,of Westpac will discuss all the things we need to know about using the Internet for our personal banking and allied on-line banking services.

Dean has run several workshops on this topic for us and is an excellent presenter. It does not matter which trading bank you use, Dean's comments are generic and are broadly applicable to all NZ banks.

His previous workshops have been very popular and extremely helpful so you should register quickly to avoid disappointment.

Register with  John Nimmo,    Cost $5 payable on the day, correct change please.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Questions & Answers (Q&A) Thursday 21 March 2013, 10 am -11.45 am

When: Thursday 21 March, 2013, 10 am -11.45 am

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Meeting Room 2

What: Tony Doogue will facilitate the session

Some members will have questions – others will have answers – and some may have helpful hints on how to get answers.

Don’t be shy. No question is too silly or too elementary – all could lead to an answe. It’s an opportunity to learn and share as part of the Special Learning Group that is free to all SeniorNet Members

See you there!

Android Devices Meeting, Monday 18 March 2013: 10.00 am - 12..00 pm

When: Monday 18 March 2013: 10.00 am - 12..00 pm.

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Room 2

What: The general success of the first Q & A meeting suggests that this is a useful format at the moment..

However, to focus the subject for discussion, the question will be asked: What is it I need to know to make effective primary use of my device ?  How should I organise the  icons on difference desktop pages.

If time permits, there will be a demonstration of how to put shortcuts on the desktop.

Don't be shy. These sessions are specifically designed to help the beginner. If you don’t come and ask your questions, no one can help you get the most out of your phone or tablet.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Computer Owners Group (COG) Special Learning Group (SLG), Wednesday 13 March, 10.00 am – 1200 pm

When: Wednesday, 13 March, 10 am – 12.00 pm

Where:: Anvil House, Level 1, Meeting Room 2

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

Digicam Meeting, Wednesday 20 March 20 - 10.00 am - 12..00 pm

When: Wednesday  20 March 20 - 10.00 am - 12..00 pm.

Where: Anvil House,  Level 1,  Room 2

What: Patsy Williamson LPSNZ  will critique some of our photos; just a nice mild critique with suggestions on how your image might be improved, cropped, the colours enhanced or a light level changed and importantly 'composition improvement'.

Patsy visited us last year and brought a number of her beatuiful prints to inspire us - wonderful it was.

This time it will be different , but to get the best out of this session you will need to participate by emailing her at   with a few (not too many) of your images, not necessarily your best but some which you feel could do with improvement.

I have sent her a few of mine ( Bryan Carver).

Don't be shy. Even if you don't do that still bring along a few on your memory card or memory stick.

There will be an opportunity for Q & A and I am sure you will have plenty to ask Patsy.

Writing and Publishing SLG Wednesday 13 March 12.30 pm to 2.30 pm

When: Wednesday 13 March 12.30 to 2.30 pm

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Meeting Room 2,  138 to 140 Wakefield St

What: Our guest speaker is Marlene Sayers, family historian and long serving Convener of the Kilbirnie Branch of the NZ Society of Genealogists.

Marlene’s talk will include how she started her family history, finding the information that she needed, how she found and used interesting photos, how she went about proving whether old family ‘stories’ were true or false.

She’ll discuss the Family Search website and how to use it effectively, and will give us some examples of other good free websites and how to use them.

She’ll also discuss how to find and use the helpful websites available at the National Library.

This will be a most interesting session and all members are welcome to attend.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Travel Planning Workshop - Friday 15 March 2013 from 10 am to 12 noon

When:  Friday 15 March 2013 from 10 am to 12 noon.

Where:  Anvil House, Level 1, Meeting Room 2,  138 - 140 Wakefield Street, Wellington.

What:  Travel is more rewarding and cheaper if you plan it for yourself and make as many of your bookings as possible on your computer. This Workshop will help you to do that.
Learn how to use your computer to make your own travel arrangements and itineraries.  Find your way around the internet to get advantageous terms for all forms of transport, accommodation, concert and theatre bookings.  Use the internet and/or direct e-mail for reservations.  Reduce your documentation to an Excel spread sheet and make life easier for yourself, family and friends.
Many other essential matters, including baggage and packing recommendations, check lists, money handling and travel insurance will be covered.
If you are planning any travel come along and get some tips and useful web sites.
Much of the content of the Workshop is available in the Workshop Notes page, on the SeniorNet web site at .

Please register with Tony Doogue at  and mention any special interest as that will help us to help you.  

Numbers are limited to the first 25 applicants.

Cost: $5 each, payable on arrival.  Please have correct change.