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Susan Sturrock is now a Life Member of SeniorNet Nelson

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We celebrated in February 2019 the awarding of Life Membership to Susan Sturrock.
Shirley Winter-Lowe was delighted to present the Certificate and the new blue Membership Badge.
Joining in 2006, Sue focused on Windows computing and Microsoft programs in particular, progressing through Asistant to Tutor and then becoming a valued Committee Member.Various Courses and Workshops have resulted.

Sue's popularity as a Tutor has enabled her to help numerous people over the years. Her special skills in research and word processing also made her the perfect candidate to work on our website when a relaunch was needed in 2009. Since then she has been our Website Administrator and has worked tirelessly to develop the comprehensive website you see today. Somehow Sue has additionally managed to find time to create the "Coffee and Learn Together" Group which she convenes monthly. This Group is fun, full of knowledge and Interest, and is greatly appreciated by everyone, just like Sue herself.

Carl Horn has become a Life Member of SeniorNet Nelson

Carl Horn being awarded Life Membership Feb 2019

We celebrated in February 2019 the awarding of Life Membership to Carl Horn.
Carl has contributed so widely to the success of SeniorNet Nelson that Barry Doig had a long list of achievements to enumerate. Joining in 2011, Carl soon began assisting members in Courses and Groups, then became a Lead Tutor. He developed a number of new courses and encouraged and instructed in many areas of the organisation. In 2016 Carl was elected Chairperson, which continued until his move away from Nelson in late 2018. Carl's expertise in Word and in Android were very valuable indeed and we miss his contributions in these and other areas.Please visit often Carl. 

We have signed the Lease to secure our premises

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We announce with pleasure the signing of the Lease on the premises we sublet from Nelson Underwater Club. The signing ceremony took place at the Richmond Library to-day and our tenure is secure for 15 years.

The Learning Centre, Hall and utility areas are ideal for SeniorNet Nelson purposes and we are lucky to have such central premises with parking facilities. 
The image shows Hilary Carpenter, Eric Simmons and Anne Simmons completing the signing on 19th February 2019.
Not shown is the toasting with Pete's Sparkling Mineral Water - delicious!

We will be at the Positive Ageing Expo on 22nd March to fly the flag

Positive Ageing Expo Stand 2018

SeniorNet Nelson is looking forward to the Positive Ageing Expo. in Richmond on Friday 22nd March. The Headingly Centre is a nice open venue and SeniorNet's stand is located handily between the entrance and the café.
We look forward to meeting many prospective members.

We plan to chat and hand out fliers for our Open Day on Saturday 27th April. We will also be armed with plenty brochures and a team of great volunteers to cover the times 10am to 3pm. We will have a few devices to display slideshows too.

There are 80 stalls on the day covering all kinds of products, support services, education, interests and activities and if last year is anything to go by there will be a great turn-out.

We are making up a roster and welcome your participation for an hour or two on the day – Friday 22nd March from 10am to 3pm. Contact Shirley Winter-Lowe 546-7097 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to join the team.

We are the Champions! We are the Number One SeniorNet in N.Z.


We have grown – especially in 2018. We now have eight Interest Groups.
Groups have also grown in popularity and there is an Interest Group for everyone.

Members enjoy Interest Groups for many reasons:
No booking...   Great value...   Enjoyable sharing 
Quality information...   Social engagement...   Just good fun

The popularity and number of Groups has allowed us to help many more people over the past year.
Courses and Workshops delivering more in-depth learning also steadily added to the grand total.

Learner hours for the year totalled 3,252 hours, making us the NUMBER ONE Learning Centre in the country for 2018.
Congratulations to all who contributed, and thanks to all our Members who participated.

That was an excellent year. Now help us make 2019 even better!

A wish is granted: NBS is investing in us

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Community involvement is what Nelson Building Society is all about.
For many years they have been looking after the interests of the Nelson Community, and giving generous support to not-for-profits.

We are delighted to announce that NBS has agreed to sponsor us with $500 for the purchase of two new Computer Monitors for the Learning Centre. Our Tech people know just what to buy and you will see the screens installed very soon at two high-use work stations.One monitor goes to the Admin room where our SNAP Administrators work so hard, and the failing monitor at the PC called Nayland will also be replaced. This new technolgy brings clean lines, sharp images and easier reading and learning. Thank you very much to NBS for this great news, we are most grateful.  To read all about it please click here.

It's Christmas in November

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Christmas has arrived in November! We have a very happy announcement:

Rata Foundation is supporting  SeniorNet Nelson with a Grant this year.

Rata Foundation Grants support people who participate in their communities, whose efforts produce wide benefits for health and community wellbeing. We are grateful that Rata Foundation has found us worthy recipients of a Grant of $5,000 towards our Operating Expenses. 

This generous support of Rata Foundation will go a long way towards us breaking even this year, and we are very lucky. Two large items in our Operating Expenses are Rent of around $6,500 per annum and Power bills of about $3,000 p.a. These costs are very significant in a world without Tertiary Education Committee Funding. 
To read all about it please click here.

Our 25th Anniversary Celebrations

Dorothy Rose Pallesen cuts 25th Anniversary cake

On 17th October, 2018 we celebrated the 25th Anniversary of SeniorNet Nelson.
We opened the Learning Centre back in 1993 at St John’s Church Hall, Hardy Street, Nelson.

Twenty-five years on, at our Hall in Pioneer Park, we were delighted to be able to welcome special Guests: Dorothy-Rose Pallesen, Sheila Neilson, Annette Curtis and Graeme Valpy. The three women were part of the Steering Committee back in 1992 prior to the formation of the organisation in New Zealand. They are unfortunately the only survivors from that group of 1992 computer enthusiasts.

It was 1993 when they were joined by Graeme Valpy who subsequently made an incredible contribution to SeniorNet Nelson in many roles and for many long years. 
It was wonderful to have all four “pioneers” in the same room together after such a long time.

We had a full programme on our History, the present and the future, as well as much laughter and entertainment.

To read all about it please click here.                To see Barry Doig's images of the day please click here.

Farewell to Carl Horn

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Given by Rod Lewis following our 25th Anniversary Celebration on 17 October 2018

Carl Horn was born and grew up in Montreal Canada and immigrated to N.Z. 37 years ago. He lived 22 years in Christchurch and the last 15 here in Nelson. He is married to Sue and has 2 grown sons in Australia.
Now sadly, Carl is leaving Nelson, moving to a new home, a new start, in Westport. The purchase of a charming villa right in town has gone unconditional and the removalists are being engaged, so it’s really happening. This means that he is leaving SeniorNet Nelson after being an active and valuable member for 8 years and our chairman for the last 3.  

To read the full newsletter CLICK HERE.


Message from Chairman Carl Horn

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Greetings, Everyone,
This Special Newsletter is the result of my need to resign from the role of Chairperson of SeniorNet Nelson. I am expecting to be moving to Westport before the end of the year, possibly by the second week of November. As a consequence, with this Newsletter I am resigning from the role of Chairperson of SeniorNet Nelson effective the end of the October Members’ Meeting on the afternoon of 17 October, 2018.
I am disappointed I am leaving SeniorNet Nelson and not completing my third term as your Chairperson. However, it would be hard to fulfil that role from Westport. Unfortunately my personal circumstances have to override my personal preferences.
It has been my continuing pleasure to have participated with you in the activities of SeniorNet Nelson during the past decade. Participating with you in various courses and learning groups has provided me with much enjoyment and satisfaction, as well as much instruction I wouldn’t have experienced otherwise. To read the full newsletter CLICK HERE.