What is SeniorNet?

SeniorNet World-wide

Founded in 1986, SeniorNet grew out of a research project funded by the Markle Foundation to determine how computers and telecommunications could enhance the lives of older adults. Since that time, SeniorNet has grown into an independent, international, volunteer-based nonprofit organization that is one of the world’s leading technology educators of adults aged 50+. Headquartered in Santa Clara, California, SeniorNet has an international membership of computer users, hosts a thriving online community on the SeniorNet website at www.seniornet.org and supports a large network of locally operated Learning Centers throughout the United States and internationally.

SeniorNet New Zealand

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. In 1993 a second centre was established in Nelson. SeniorNet now has 100 Learning Centres all over New Zealand. Local groups are self-sufficient with committees and members securing premises, funding, equipment and sponsorship.

SeniorNet Rotorua

Our official existence began on 26th October 1995 with the registration of a Deed under the Charitable Trusts Act. During 2011 we re-registered as an Incorporated Society and affiliated to the NZ SeniorNet Federation the following year.

Membership meetings are held at 2pm on the second Wednesday of every month except December and January. Usually there is a guest speaker on some topic of general interest followed by question time on computer matters and ending with a sociable cup of tea. Our AGM is held in February.

The generosity of our sponsors has made it possible to provide very affordable training courses for our 200+ members, and our tutors are all volunteers. Regency Park Estate makes their Community Centre and our downstairs training room available rent-free, although we pay for our own power.

The Lion Foundation has been very generous in providing the computers and student printers in our training room as well as a hi-tech Kyocera laser printer that makes the task of printing course manuals much easier.

We also receive valued help as donations or services from several other sponsors, and a click on their logos below will tell you more about them.