Current Courses

SeniorNet Motueka Courses for Term 1 2018

These courses are only for paid up members of SeniorNet Motueka. If you are not a member click here for information on joining.

The following courses and workshops are being offered in term 4.

Please contact the tutor of the course to enrol.

Click here for a Downloadable PDF calendar of the term events.

Android Devices

Fridays 12 noon – 2pm                Feb 8, 15, 22, Mar 1   4 weeks $20

A comprehensive course for Android tablet and phone users. You will learn how to set up the basic systems, find your way around the different screens and tool bars, and how to use some common Apps, including email and Internet. Bring your own Android Device.

Tutor: Mary Dowell          528 8600   

Computer Awareness for Beginners – Windows 7 and 10

Tuesdays 9.30 – 11.30am   Feb 6, 13, 20, 27   4 weeks $20

This course will help you find your way around your computer. It is a must for everyone new to computing, and for those wanting to refresh before moving on to other courses. For users with Windows 7 and 10 operating systems.

Tutor:    Doreen Inwood      528 4717                 

Botany for Gardeners 

Tuesdays 12.00 – 2.00pm      Feb 6, 13, 20, 27, Mar 6, 13, 20, 27   $40

“The study of plants for enjoyment” a 2 part course – 4 units each term, with full notes, from what is a plant? to function and structure, with emphasis on practical knowledge which may help gardeners.

Tutor: Malcolm Garrett    528 7484             


Fridays 9.30 – 11.30am        Feb 23 Mar 2    2 weeks $10

Gmail is the free web-based email program that is provided by Google. These two sessions will provide an introduction for beginners, plus do some problem solving for people who already use it but might be frustrated! We’ll also cover some neat tips to help you get more out of this software. If you need help setting up a Gmail account please contact the tutor before the course starts. (N.B. Remember to write down your username and password and bring it to class.)

Tutor: Sandra Price         021264  5233


Thursdays      2.30 – 4.30pm     Feb 8, 15             2 weeks $10

This course will give an overview of Facebook for beginners. It will also focus on getting more out of this popular social media site for those who already use it. We will demystify the terminology; explain the different ways of communicating via Facebook and how to control settings. Please advise if you’ll be using Facebook on your Laptop (notebook) or iPad or Android tablet or phone when you enrol. The systems are slightly different. If you need help setting up a Facebook account please contact the tutor before the course starts. (N.B. Remember to write down your password and bring it to class.)

Tutor: Annie Coster          03 5403301

Gimp 1

Tuesdays 2.30 – 4.30    Mar 13, 20, 27, Apr 3     4 weeks $20

GIMP is a Free Photo Editing Program. The course show how to download the GIMP program from the Web.  Arranging the various menus and docks:  use basic tools.  Understand how to use Selection tools and work with layers. Colour Black and White,  photographs and remove complex backgrounds

Tutor: Peter Hallett              03 528 5144

Google Earth

Wednesday   9.30 – 11.30am            Mar 14            1 week $5

Google Earth is a free program from Google that allows you to “fly” over a virtual globe and view the Earth through high-resolution graphics and satellite images.
Using it we can view the Earth from outer space and zoom right down to street level details.   We can fly anywhere on Earth to cities such as Rome, London Tokyo and view in 3D.  We can view from galaxies in outer space to the canyons of the ocean with satellite imagery, maps, terrain, and weather.  You can explore the globe with a swipe of your finger. It’s a great way to plan a future holiday, research places to meet your interests, or just roam around all for free.  BYOD.   Android and Apple devices are encouraged.  A Gmail account is needed. Class numbers limited to 8.

Tutor: Ian Grant              0212360847

IPad – Stage – 1

Wednesdays    2.30 – 4.30pm     Feb 14, 21, 28, Mar 7   4 weeks $20

An introductory course for those new to the iPad. Learn how to use the touch screen with various finger gestures. Set up and use the Contacts and Mail apps. Learn how to use the keyboard and how to download apps from the app store. Please bring your own iPad.

Tutor:  Colin Hooker      528 8240     

iPad – Stage – 2

Wednesdays  2.30 – 4.30pm       Mar 14, 28, Apr 4    3 weeks $15

Continuing to understand the iPad, searching the web, backing up, downloading books, taking, editing and storing photos, Siri, map, messages and new apps to try. Please bring your own iPad.

Tutor: Peter Beaumont     021 298 3387

Mac Basics

Thursdays 9.30 – 11.30am       Feb 8, 15, 22, Mar 1       4 weeks $20

New to Mac –The Apple Macintosh Basics – Learn to use Cut, Paste, Copy, Print, Quit, Close, Undo, Redo, Open, New, and Save. Those actions so basic and frequently used that a “keyboard shortcut” is available. Any Apple Operating System.

Tutor: Anton Petre          526 6021           

 Portable Apps

Tuesdays     9.30 – 11.30am        Mar 6, 13           2 Weeks $10

Can’t install new programs on your computer as you’re running out of space?  Want to try a program before buying and/or installing it?
Sick of spending days reinstalling programs on a reformatted computer?Don’t want to have to install a program you may only use once or very infrequently?    Wish you could carry your programs with you to use on any Windows computer? If you answer yes to any of these questions this course may be for you.

Tutor :  Gary Laird         528 5427 

 Photobook follow up

Friday    12-2pm            Mar 9                       1 week $5

Session for all who completed the Photobook course in 2017. Come along to share the tips you learnt and show off the gorgeous albums you created. Bring along any questions you have and ideas for future courses. Bookings essential as your $5 session fee will cover light lunch refreshments.

Tutor: Sandra Price         021264  5233

Photos – Syncing your photos between devices

Fridays      9.30 –11.30am           Mar 16, 23           2 weeks $10  

These sessions will look at ways of syncing your photos between the various devices you use – phone, camera, and tablet. We will look using Google Photos, which syncs your photos, saves storage space on your device, as well as providing a secure backup in the cloud.

Tutor: Sandra Price         021264  5233

 Keynote (Apple)

Thursdays 2.30 – 4.30pm     Mar 15, 22, Apr 5, 12      4 weeks $20

Learn how to make a slide show presentation – perhaps to show photos of a trip, to accompany a talk you have to give, or to show at a function. Keynote comes free with Apple devices

Tutor: Clive Dyson        03 929 8002       

Website Creation using WordPress

Mondays  2.30 – 4.30pm      Mar 5, 12, 19, 26                4 weeks $20

We will use one of the leading website content management systems – WordPress. A live student web site for you to work on is provided. We include the following: – you can choose a template, called theme and then create your site header, pages, posts, menus, photo galleries etc. No knowledge of HTML required. Some skills in word processing and understanding of the internet would be an advantage.

Tutor: Bernhard Nobis       03 929 8101


Wednesday 9.30 – 11.30            Mar 21               1 week $5 

A free mobile messaging app allowing secured  exchange of  audio and video calls, texts, pictures, documents and other digital data, world wide.   It’s a fun but safe way to stay in touch with friends and family, anytime and anywhere. No adverts, lots of cool tricks and seriously secured. The App is free and works on Android and Apple smart phones only.
Use it either individually or share in personal groups.    For Android and Apple smart phones only.   Class sizes limited to 8 maximum Depending on interest this class could be just a basic class or a more advanced one.  Please indicate your wishes.  A second class could be scheduled to meet needs.

Tutor: Ian Grant              0212360847

 Windows 10 

Wednesdays 9.30 – 11.30am       Feb 7,14, 21, 28              4 weeks $20

This course is for those who have a Windows10 operating system. Learn to find your way around this new system and how to use the different Apps that come with your computer. Not suitable for those new to computing.

Tutor:   Mary Dowell                528 8600   

 YouTube Your TV

Wednesday 9.30 – 11.30am    4th April

You Tube provides us with access to world wide sources of entertainment, knowledge and for useful tips and tricks.  Movies, music and hobby tutorials are easily available for you to watch either on your mobile device or on your TV, now or save them for later or flick them to your friends or family. “You Tube” learns of your interests and suggests communities of interest to expand your knowledge.  It becomes “Your TV”. You will be shown how to search it and manage it meet your needs.  BYOD.   Android and Apple devices are encouraged.  A Gmail account is needed for this class. Class numbers limited to 8.

Tutor: Ian Grant                0212360847