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Farewell visit by Grant Sidaway on 9th September
Grant SidawaySeniorNet Nelson is looking forward to hosting Grant Sidaway on 9th September, 2019 for a final Presentation entitled "What's the Point?"
Grant is retiring as CEO of the Federation of SeniorNet Societies of NZ at the end of this year and is making his farewell visit to the region.
Our Members always enjoy attending talks by Grant who is a gifted and charismatic speaker with a wealth of information to share.

Mark your diary for Grant's presentation at 2pm on 9th September in the Hall.

Join us afterwards for afternoon tea and to wish Grant well. He will be very much missed.


 The title of Grant's talk will be “What’s the Point?”
it will include:

  • Reasons for older people to keep learning new things
  • How the internet is being used today
  • Wearable technology
  • Smart Speakers
  • Arrival of 5G networks


"Awesome people" - that's us!
AgeConnect Awards 2019SeniorNet Nelson was a finalist in the "Creating Connections" category of AgeConnect Nelson Tasman Champion Awards last week. We were delighted to receive a certificate and some warm congratulations.
Co-ordinator Breffni O'Rourke says "These people do something really special for the older members of our community by helping them stay better connected and less lonely. They are awesome people."

We enjoy connecting our Members with friends, family and the world through digital devices using modern tools and making sharing simple. AgeConnect is a great organisation to support.
Pictured with some of the other finalists at the Awards ceremony are Committee Members Hilary Carpenter and Peter Thompson. Photograph courtesy of AgeConnect. 

Good News story of July

Our Systems Administrator, Trevor Hunter reports: "TPC for Refugee Serviceshe old Vista computer, recently used as the Learning Centre Timetable display, was decommissioned. It was then reformatted, updated to Windows 10, added to with various donated parts, some from my old spares box, some from friends, and donated through our Webmaster to Red Cross Nelson, to be allocated to a refugee family new to Nelson. Due to privacy laws we are not privy to the recipient details."

Red Cross Refugee Services Volunteer Programme Lead, Megan Riddell, told us that they have several families who would really appreciate this resource and that they will carefully choose the most needy. 

What's in a name? Quite a lot actually

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We give our computers names, and have recently added a nice solid 17" Laptop to our assets. Our Systems Administrator then gained approval for the name.

"Maitai translates variously as: perfectly, steel, wholesome, painstakingly.
Mahitahi or Maitai -  The Nelson Valley
metal, iron, steel, cutlery, foreign, good, beautiful, agreeable.

Representing the flow of the Nelson Maitai river through our City, akin to data flow, and following the convention of naming SeniorNet Nelson devices with both Maori and local Nelson locality names the new HP laptop has been named Maitai."

Thank you to Trevor Hunter for the research.

Defibrillator Training could save a life

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Did you know that we have a defibrillator at the SeniorNet Nelson Learning Centre?
Recently, a group of volunteers received CPR and defibrillator training from Barry Howell, who has 38 years' experience as an Emergency Flight Paramedic.
He is also one of five Resuscitation Educators at Nelson hospital. As well as opening our own defibrillator unit so that we were familiar with it, Barry brought along a training defibrillator and a manikin so that we could practise what he had demonstrated.
His explanations were clear, he answered lots of questions and we all came away feeling a lot more confident to cope if faced with an emergency. Barry kindly donated his time as he is passionate about getting knowledge of defibrillator use into the public arena. We are very grateful. T.L. May 2019

The photo shows Stuart Yank practising CPR while Barry explains a point.

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!