Monday, July 28, 2014

Wellington Central Library Tour – 6 August 2014, 10.30 am –12 Noon

When: Wednesday, 6 August 2014, 10.30 am –12 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. The tour will include:-

  • a quick overview what is available at the Library
  • observing the catalogue area and seeing how it works
  • on the first floor seeing what’s available and maybe try the computers and access online resources
  • on the second floor check out past papers, ancestry, etc
  • asking questions at any time 

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.

The Library tour is free to members.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Workshops for August - December 2014

The forthcoming workshops for August -  December can be viewed on the Go to Workshops Page in the left column of this site. They will each be advertised for registration some days before the event.

iPad Beyond Basics into the Planet of the Apps - Tuesday 5 August ,10.00 am to 12.00 Noon

When: Tuesday 5 August 10.00 am to 12.00 Noon

Where: Anvil House, Level 1 Room 2

What: There are over a million apps in the AppStore for iPhone and 590,000 for iPad. Apps are the extensions and life blood to the functionality of your iPad.

Come and hear Peter Chik share his extensive use of some interesting apps to:
Create group emails
Create slide shows and videos with music and transitions.
OCR snippets of a newspaper clipping with multilingual translation.
Scan and convert a document into PDF
Annotate, reorganise and sign a PDF document
Create a spreadsheet, a Word document and publish an electronic book.
Organise a searchable photo database
Construct a simple memory system
Create a mind map for a project
Direct capture business card details into your contacts.
Wireless transfer photos from your wifi camera to iPad
Watch her plane land on your iPad before you pick up your mother in law
Use magic to produce your credit card from your iPad to pay for your coffee, etc.

To assist in maximising mileage for our iPad attendees, please email Peter Moon with particulars of any topic of interest that you would like the lecture to include.

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

As the workshop is limited to 20 individuals please register ASAP with Peter Moon.

Please note: A repeat of this workshop will be run on Friday 15 August 10.00 am to 12.00 Noon, Anvil House, Level 1 Room 2

 As the workshop is limited to 20 individuals please register ASAP with John Nimmo

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

Friday, July 18, 2014

Apple Mac Computer User Group Meeting – Monday 28 July 2014, 10.00 am – 12 noon

When: Monday 28 July, 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.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Organising Photos Using Windows 8 or 8.1 - Workshop Tuesday 29th July 2014 from 10.00 am until 11.45 am

When: Tuesday 29 July.  From 10.00 am until 11.45 am

Where: Anvil House, Level 1 Meeting Room 2

What: Everywhere we go, we take a camera with us. Whether it is a top end SLR, or 4 Megapixel phone, we are recording our lives, one picture at a time.
Before very long, that expanding cache of snaps becomes difficult to manage. Enter the Windows 8 Photos Application.  This takes the design ethos of the Modern UI and applies it to a cause to which it is well suited.
Using Windows 8 Photos is like flicking through a real photo album.
can you re-jig this real photo album automatically if you want to see more pictures?  Can you fill it with photos from Facebook or Flickr?
This workshop is not addressed to the more advanced camera group members, it is an introduction and “round the table” discussion.
What to Do: Register with Trevor King at

The cost of the workshop is $5 payable at the door.  Those who register get priority seating and do not get turned away if the “House Full” sign is put out.

You are requested to include a phone number or email address when registering.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Changes to the 'Clinic' - commencing 21 July, 12.00 pm -2.00 pm

As the Chairman announced in the July 2014 newsletter, there are important developments concerning the Clinic.

The new model

We are changing our model, and, in a new trial, will be offering a much more frequent Clinic.  So, for the next few months, we plan to hold the Clinic every Monday from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.  We’ll be using Rms 1 and 2 at SeniorNet's Anvil House.  The first of the weekly Clinics will start on 21 July.  Spearheaded by Franci Stapleton, the Clinic will have about five GPs present.

How do you get help?

The answer is you just turn up at the Clinic - and join the queue.  In other words, there is no booking system.  Some problems will be relatively simple: they’ll be dealt with quickly.  But after seeing some other problems and talking them through with you, the GPs may decide that solving them will require research.  In that case, you’ll be invited to return the following week.

If you’re in a real hurry, then you’ll bring in Geeks on Wheels, or employ somebody else.  But in that event you can certainly expect to pay more than the five dollars we charge for each session.  Naturally we would hope to help everybody who turns up, but we can’t of course guarantee that. We will, however, do our best.

Bring your gear

As with the present Clinic, it is essential that people bring all the relevant gear that might be needed to fix their particular problem. That includes of course the particular device concerned, as well as the associated charger, cords, manuals, passwords and so on.

House calls, email and phone assistance

The weekly Clinic does not do house calls, nor does it receive requests for assistance by email or over the phone.  You get help by actually coming to the Clinic.  Some SeniorNet members may of course, in their private capacity, help other SeniorNet members out of session. But they are not doing so on behalf of SeniorNet.

If you don’t have a problem ...

Again, we would ask people who are not seeking help, not to come along to the Clinic, because it’s not one of our normal workshops or teaching sessions.

Questions & Answers Meeting (Q&A) Thursday 24 July, 2014, 10.00 am - 11.45 am

When: Thursday  24 July,  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.

Below are examples of the type of questions we have answered or discussed at the June meeting:

1. Problems with Windows Installer.
2. Further discussion re problems with Windows 8 & 8.1.
3. Some tips for Trade Me were given.
4. Some tips also given for using Faststone, particularly in relation to time-lapse photography.
5. Advice on sizing of computer screens.
6. Facebook queries were discussed.
7. Difficulty in opening links on emails.
8. Shopping at Tmart was also discussed.
9. Some general discussion as a result of members questions.

Lionel really looks forward to seeing as many of you as possible.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Age Concern Wellington’s Staying Safe Driving Course for Seniors - Friday 8 August, 9.45 am to 12;15 pm

When:  Friday 8 August from 9.45 am to 12;15 pm

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

What: This is an NZTA approved, classroom based, refresher workshop for senior road users.

Previous attendees have found these workshops enjoyable and extremely helpful.

There is a charge of $10 payable on the day which includes morning tea or coffee, scones and NZTA hand-outs. Places are limited.

To Register please contact Ann Dalziel, Age Concern Wellington, telephone 499 6646 or email

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Android Devices Meeting, Tuesday 22 July - 10.00 am – 12.00 pm

When: Tuesday 22 July, 10.00 am – 12.00 pm

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Room 2

What: Q & A format.

Facilitators: Lindsay Rollo & Lionel Clover

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 your 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.  No questions, no worries still please come along as you may have the answer to another’s question.

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

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Digicam (Digital Camera) Meeting - Wednesday July 16th, 10.00 am - 12.00 pm

When: Wednesday July 16, 10.00 am - 12.00 pm

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Room 2

What: This month we will be discussing depth of field and how, when we learn to control this, we can dramatically improve our photographs.

In addition there will be a question and answer session in which you are invited to raise any photographic topics that may be of concern - hopefully we will be able to provide some resolution for these.

Bryan Carver will also be showing a few of some 3000 odd images he has taken on the Indian sub continent.
We look forward to seeing you at this meeting.

Free to all members.

Hands-on Course using free Webmail (Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo/Xtra), Wednesday 16th and 23rd July from 12.30 pm - 2.30 pm

When:  Wednesday 16th and 2rd July, from 12.30 pm-2.30 pm

Where:  Anvil House, Level 1, 130 Wakefield Street

What:  The purpose of the hands-on course is to set up an email account using a free webmail programme such as Gmail, Outlook or Yahoo/Xtra and explore the extra services these programmes  offer.

The only prerequisites are:
  • a basic knowledge of using a mouse or touch pad
  • access to a computer with a broadband connection
The course covers two days and the investment is $20 payable on the first day.

Learning Objectives
You will learn:
  • how to set up an email account in a web-based programme
  • where to find tools and programme settings 
  • ways to send, receive and forward emails
  • filing emails and creating new folders
  • sending and opening an attachment
  • including pictures in emails
  • saving pictures to your computer
  • setting up a calendar
  • saving files, pictures, etc to the web.
  • using social sites
Contact Ngaire Jackson, ph:389 2629 or email

Workshop – Apple iOS: A Preview of iOS 8 for iPads, iPhones and iPod Touch - Thursday 31st July, 10.00 am - 12 noon

When: Thursday 31st July 10.00 am - 12 noon

Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Meeting Room 2

What: The Workshop will present a preview of the next iOS (iOS 8) for the iPad, iPad mini, iPhone and iPod Touch.

 iOS 8 is slated for release this fall (August/September) according to Apple.

Apple claims that iOS 8 is the biggest iOS release ever — for developers and everyone else.

Topics: Some of the new and enhance features are:

  • Photos. Every photo you take. Now on all your devices.
  • Messages.  Messages lets you connect with friends and family like never before. 
  • Details make the experience. These details make it brilliant.
  • Our smartest keyboard ever.
  • Family Sharing. Sharing with your family comes naturally. Now it comes to all your content.
  • iCloud Drive. Any kind of file. On all your devices.
  • Health. An entirely new way to use your health and fitness information.
  • iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Connected like never before.
  • Spotlight. Brighter than ever.
  • Just wait until you see what app developers do next.
  • iOS 8 makes a more powerful business partner.
Allan will present his view on these new and enhanced features and, if time permits, will demonstrate some “tricks and tips” that were not covered in the previous iPad Workshop due running out of time, such as:
  • Get the “Productivity” apps for free
  • Send multiple photos in an email or iMessage
  • Get the latest iPad manual free
  • Checking on how many apps you have opened and closing them

You are welcome to bring your iPad along to the Workshop

The cost of the workshop is $5 payable at the door.
Please register with Allan Chee at Please wear a name tag.

Note: If numbers exceed 25, I will run the Workshop again as soon as possible.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

SeniorNet Writing and Publishing Group July Meeting - Wednesday 9 July 12.30 pm to 2.30 pm

When: Wednesday 9 July 12.30 pm to 2.30 pm
Where: Anvil House, Level 1, Meeting Room 2 - 138-140  Wakefield St.

What: Member Lis Sowerbutts of DIY Publishing will give us an insight on some of the key things we can learn from Amazon. Her topic will cover the dissection of an Amazon book page and why is Amazon the world's largest bookstore?  Because it's very good at turning website browsers into book buyers.

In this session we'll walk through an Amazon  book page - and explain what each element is – and what we, as authors can do to control it.

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

Inserting Illustrations in Word 2010 - Tuesday 15 July 9.45 am to 12.00 Noon

When: Tuesday 15 July 9.45 am to 12.00 Noon

Where: Anvil House, Level 1 Room 2

What:  They say that A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words. With the traditional and some new features it is amazing what you can do.

This workshop will give you an insight to techniques to help improve your creativity.

In this workshop we will explore what the Illustration Tab has to offer.

There are five commands: Picture,ClipArt,Shapes,SmartArt and Charts and  when combined with WordArt will give you plenty of options

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

As the workshop is limited to individuals please register ASAP with Peter Moon

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Computer Owners Group (COG) Special Learning Group (SLG), Wednesday, 9 July, 10.00 am – 12.00 pm

When:  Wednesday, 9 July, 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.  Michael Munro will facilitate. Special Learning Groups (SLG) are free to all SeniorNet Wellington members.