The story behind SeniorNet, & what makes it work.

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About SeniorNet

International

SeniorNet is a community based organisation which emerged in 1986 in the USA from a research project at the University of San Francisco. The project's aim was to determine if computers and telecommunications could enhance the lives of older adults.

National

SeniorNet was first established in Wellington in 1992 with support from Telecom New Zealand. This was not only the first learning centre in New Zealand but also the first to be set up outside North America.

A Federation of New Zealand SeniorNet Societies has been formed and we are members along with most SeniorNet Learning Centres. You can visit the Federation website.

SeniorNet brings older adults and technology together in a friendly, fun and stress-free way. It's for people over the age of 50 who'd like to learn more about technology and what it can do for them. Small, well organised classes, with volunteer tutors, about the same age as their students, run courses not only an introduction to computers and surfing the Net but also a vast range of subjects.

Hutt City SeniorNet

SeniorNet Hutt City commenced in 1999, thanks to the efforts of a small group of dedicated and hard working volunteers supported by our major sponsors.

Since then we have rapidly expanded to where approximately 400 students a year are taught from the basics to quite advanced computing.

With a current membership of between 400 and 500, we enrolled our 1000th member in October 2003.

In 2003 we established a relationship with Aoraki Polytechnic of Timaru which enabled benefits to be provided for both SeniorNet Hutt City and its members through writing of courses, funding, student discounts for members and a Freephone Help Line.

In 2006 Cityline, our longtime major sponsor, reluctantly asked us to move out, as they required the rooms for their own staff.

After a long search we leased space from Hutt City Gardens Accommodation on Level 1 at 5 Andrews Avenue.

Late in the year our relationship with Aoraki Polytechnic ceased due to government requirements. 2009 saw us shift to slightly larger rooms, with a better layout, on Level 2 of The Hutt Dental Centre on the corner of Laings Rd and High St.

We are members of the Federation of New Zealand SeniorNet Societies, as are most SeniorNet Learning Centres.

Governance

Each Learning Centre is a self governing organisation under the auspices of the Incorporated Societies regulations.

We have a steering committee which is elected from within our membership, and this committee handles all the business of SeniorNet Hutt City Inc.

  • Finance

  • Technical (Equipment)

  • Tutoring

  • Premises

  • Incorporated Societies requirements

Due to the prudent management of past committees our Learning Centre is in good shape, both financially and in the quality and range of tutoring available.

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