Friday, February 28, 2014

Writing and Publishing SLG March Meeting, Wednesday 12 March, from 12.30 pm to 2.30 pm

When:    Wednesday 12 March from 12.30 pm to 2.30 pm

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

What: Our member Lis Sowerbutts of DIY Publishing will discuss  Using Amazon to Make Your Books (print and eBook) Cheaper for Your Readers.

In New Zealand we pay some of the world's highest prices for books. As a writer you want people to buy your books. To do that, you need to produce a quality  book and offer it at a fair price. allows NZ authors to do that for both eBooks and for paperbacks. Lis will discuss the advantages of eBooks over print, and their limitations. We’ll consider the costs involved in printing books, both in New Zealand and the US, and the surprising bottom line results.

This will be a most interesting and instructive session and should not be missed.

Free to all members.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

TRAVEL PLANNING WORKSHOP - Friday 14 March 2014 from 10 am to 12 noon

When:  Friday 14 March 2014 from 10 am to 12 noon.

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

Apple Mac Basics - VACANCIES, begins on Tuesday March 11, 9.45 am – 11.45 am

There are places left on a 4 week course covering the basics of using an Apple Mac.

Learn all about Mission Control, Dashboard, Preferences and more, so that you can get the most out of using your Mac.

Those with laptops are encouraged to bring them so you can learn on your own machine.

The course begins on Tuesday March 11, 9.45 am – 11.45 am and runs for 4 Weeks  - Cost $30

Contact Keith Smith -  Phone 386 2104

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Apple Mac Computer User Group Meeting – Monday 24 February 2014, 10.00 am – 12 noon

When: Monday 24 February, 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.


Questions & Answers Meeting (Q&A) 27 February 2014, 10.00 am - 11.45 am

When:   Thursday  27 February, 2014, 10 am -11.45 am.

Where:  Anvil House, Level 1, Meeting Room  2

What:   This is an opportunity to learn and share as part of this Special Learning Group.

Everyone welcome, especially new Seniornet members. Don’t be shy. Free to all members.

No question is too outlandish or too elementary  - all could lead to an answer. Remember the only 'silly' question is the one that is not asked.

Also an opportunity to share with other SeniorNet members any hints or tips that can make computing easier and/or more interesting.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Workshop - 101 Google tools (or nearly!), Tuesday 4 March, 10.00 am -12 noon

When: Tuesday 4 March, 10.00 am - 12 noon

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Meeting Room 2

What: SeniorNet Wellington does workshops on e.g. Google Search, Google Earth and Google Maps.

Did you realise there are many other useful Google tools?

This workshop will give an overview of some of those free Google  tools and show you where to find other Google tools that may be of interest.

It will include a demonstration of how to use the free Google Drive for cloud storage.

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

Please register with Alan Royal at

Please wear a name tag.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Hands-on Workshop - Flash Drives and other Removable Drives, Thursday 26 February, 9.45 am to 11.45 am

When: Thursday 26 February, 9.45 to 11.45

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Room 12

What: Ever wanted to take a picture or document from your computer to put on another or take some photos to get printed?  A flash drive is the answer. Just two of the many uses for these devices.

The session includes

  • many different names given to flash drives
  • use of flash drive
  • precautions
  • personalise your drive
  • limitations
  • other removable drives e.g. SD cards, external hard drives.

You should either bring a flash drive with you or you can purchase one at the workshop for $10.

The investment for the workshop is $10 payable at the workshop. Correct change please.

Numbers are limited to 5 so register early  with David Boyes at

Android Devices Meeting, Tuesday 25 February 2014, 10.00 am – 12.00 pm

When: Tuesday 25 February 2014: 10.00 am – 12.00 pm

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Room 2

What: Q & A format.

Facilitators: Graeme Munro & Lindsay Rollo

Back to Basics

Introduction to Android devices: phones and tablets.

Did you get a new device at Christmas? Having trouble sorting out the functions and icons? Come and ask your questions.

Members are welcome to bring their own devices, but there will be no internet access during the main part of the meeting.

Members who are curious about Android devices are welcome. We will try to help you decide which device is most suited to your objectives.

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.

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

Hands-on Short Course using Gmail and Google Apps, Thursday 20th and 27th, February, from 12.30 pm – 2.30 pm

​When:  ​Thursdays 20th and 27th February, from 12.30 pm – 2.30 pm

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Room 11​

What: The purpose of the hands-on Course is to set up an email account using free Google webmail (Gmail) and exploring Google Apps.

The only prerequisites are:

  • a basic knowledge of how to use a mouse or touch pad
  • access to a computer with a broadband connection.

The course covers two days and the cost is $20 payable on the first day.

Session 1 – setting up a Gmail account - and exploring the various extras that Gmail offers​.​
Session 2 – ​exploring Google Apps, setting up a calendar and saving to Google Drive.

Contact Ngaire Jackson. ph. 389 2629 or email

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Digicam (Digital camera)) meeting - Friday February 14, 10.00 am - 12.00 pm

When: .Friday February 14, 10.00 am - 12.00 pm  

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Room 2
What: Welcome to our first meeting for the year. Brian Carver and Alan Winter will facilitate.

We will have our usual question and answer session on any aspect regarding "cameras", photo enhancement and "what went wrong with my image".

Bring your camera and user guide (manual).

Using the inbuilt "modes" is essential. You will learn why! This is especially useful to beginners.

Got some photos you have taken over the holidays? Bring them along and share with us.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Workshop - Windows 8.1 in 20 minutes - Tuesday 18 February, 10.00 am - 12.00 pm

When: Tuesday 18 February, 10.00 am - 12.00 pm

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Room 2

What: Make yourself comfortable and competent with Windows 8.1 in about 20 minutes. Find out how to make it look and work like XP, Vista and Windows 7. Learn how to use the great search tools, keyboard short cuts, tiles and other new tools. Alan Royal will facilitate.

Register with Alan Royal at Numbers are limited.

Investment of $5 payable at the door. Correct change would be appreciated.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Short Course – Introduction to iPads and iOS (operating system) - Part 1, Tuesday February 25 2014, 10:00 am - 12:00 noon

When: Tuesday February 25 2014, 10:00 am - 12:00 noon

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Room 11

What: This is a practical hands-on course by Allan Chee on setting up and getting to know the iPad and the iOS that drives it. We’ll start with the iOS first and see what devices it drives. We’ll look at the various parts of your iPad, and what each button controls, then learn some security issues like how to set your password, how to find your serial number, and quickly “screen” capture this information for safe keeping. Learn how to navigate around the iPad. What apps are installed by default and how to use them. How to find good apps, install them (and uninstall/delete ones you don’t want)
Create folders to organize your apps, and much more.

A 2 hour hands-on course is not very long when you are having “fun” and there will be many areas and topics that can’t be covered in 2 hours. What I hope to do is to is run follow up courses to allow you to “build” on what you’ve learnt.

Classes will be limited to 7 so please register ASAP with Allan Chee at

If registration numbers exceed 7, then a wait list will be created and you will be advised by email when the next course will be conducted

Cost for the class is $10, payable on the day.