Sam one of my dog’s pups in training.
Welcome to the SeniorNet New Plymouth Newsletter.
DATE 30th October 2017
See end of newsletter for contact details.
· President’s comments
· 2018 annual subscriptions and fees.
· IPad –IPhone classes
· Courses and workshop reminders
· More security things
· Photo things –people pictures
· Stop press –stair lift available (sorry not at centre)
Due to the Vodafone changes we will be changing our email address shortly. Members will be notified of the change. Please notify SeniorNet when you change you’re email, otherwise you may not get your newsletters.
Some of you may already have been greeted by a small dog when you visit the rooms. These dogs are Hearing Dogs for the Deaf either fully trained or still in training in the temporary care of President Marian. Most of them come to me when their “owners” are away and cannot take the dog with them. The dogs are likely to come to the door to meet you. That is part of their job –to check out what a sound is and to notify their deaf person. They may bark but are friendly.
I frequently see senior citizens paying for parking as I come to the office. When you are talking to your friends and family please remind them that if they have a GoldCard they are entitled to free parking till 11 am in council controlled parking areas. That is all on street parking, off street opposite the bus station, under the Warehouse and in the Powderham Street multi-storey car park. It does NOT include Centre City. You must display your GoldCard on the dashboard. For extended parking see the instructions at the end of this newsletter.
Annual Subscriptions and Course Fees for 2018
By our constitution the Executive must set the annual subscription and notify the membership 2 months before they become due. At their recent meeting the committee reviewed the last 2 years finances and decided that subscriptions and course fees will continue the same for 2018.
The new financial year begins on 1st January. Invoices will be sent out mid December.
Annual membership will be $40 per person. This will be discounted to $35 if paid before 31st March. For NEW members joining after 1st July subscription will be $25.
Course and workshop fees will remain at $5 per session. Some workshops may be open to non-members at a cost of $10 per session.
SeniorNet Manuals are used for some courses. These cost between $10 -$25 depending on size. There may be a small charge if photocopied notes are supplied. Manuals are only issued to course participants at the first session.
IPad and IPhone
I’m delighted to say we have a new IPad-IPhone tutor.
We will have a session on IPad-IPhone session Thursday 16th November 1.30pm. to meet with Ken and arrange the classes. There will probably be two groups based on member’s current skill levels.
Amongst those of you who enjoyed learning new skills with our previous tutors I’d love to find a volunteer to help Ken particularly with the “beginners” group. Assistant tutors are a great help when students really need one-to-one assistance.
To help with planning if you are interested coming along to expand your knowledge on using IPads or IPhones please complete the attached questionnaire and return it to the Marian as soon as possible. –firstname.lastname@example.org .
Courses and workshops reminders
Introduction to computing has begun on Wednesday mornings
Facebook and messenger -2 hr. Workshop –Wednesday 22nd November 1.30pm –open to members ($5) and non-member ($10).
Editing digital pictures in camera or using free software -2 hr. workshop –Wednesday 29th November 1.30pm - open to members ($5) and non-member ($10).
More security advice
Help wanted by Netsafe to help prevent others being scammed.
“Can you help us? We're looking for people who have lost money in an email scam to help us educate others. Online scams are a huge issue for New Zealand, with millions of dollars of losses being reported to us every year - and we know that number is just scratching the surface. If you'd like to find out more about what we have planned and how you can share your story, email us at email@example.com “
Civil Defence emergency alerts
The mobile phone emergency alert system is constantly being upgrades. You can register to receive emergency alerts on your mobile phone for storm, earthquake, tsunami advice etc. A new system is being developed that will operate your phone even if you have it turned off. Go to http://optn.co.nz/signup/civildefence/ for information and to register.
Photo things –people pictures
Are you about to go no holiday to some new place to experience new sights and new cultures? I recently attended the Photographic Society of New Zealand’s Central Regional Convention at Stratford. It was good to meet up with old friends and listen to some great speakers. During one session we were discussing the taking and the use of people pictures taken in the community with or without the subject’s permission. There’s quite a few ethical issues involved. This webpage is well worth reading before you get into these situations.
Photographing Those Who Don't Want To Be Photographed
When you come home or even while you are away, no doubt there will be plenty of picture to review and file away. This webpage will give you some storage options.
How to Store Your Ever Increasing Photo Collection
Stop press –chair lift available
An email has just this afternoon arrived in my in box from Taranaki Disabilities Centre about an Acorn Chairlift. Sadly it is designed for a straight stair so is not suitable for our stairs at the centre. If you are interested contact the Disabilities centre on 06-759-0019. The office is open 9-5 Mon –Fri.
Parking concessions for SuperGold Card holders
SuperGold Card holders are able to park free of charge up to 11am on Mondays to Saturdays at all on-street metered parking bays and in all Council car parks.(Does not apply to Centre City). You must display your Gold Card or a NPDC laminated parking concession card on the dash board. If you plan to park later than 11am, purchase the extra time at the pay machine and display the receipt on the dash with your council parking card. The parking warden can then see that you intend to stay after 11am and have paid for the extra time.
Note: From 11am all vehicles must have paid for parking. There is no concession at time-limited parking bays
Parking concessions for mobility card holders
Mobility card holders are allowed an extra hour on ALL metered parking, for example if you pay for 30 minutes you are given an hour and a half of parking. For parking spaces with a time limit, you are permitted to have double the time indicated, e.g. 60 minutes in a P30 park. Current international mobility cards can be used in New Zealand.
Marian Macklin –newsletter editor - firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find us
· 27 Liardet Street, New Plymouth –office open 10am -12 noon Monday to Friday
· Between Devon Street and Gill Street –our rooms are above the Senior Citizens Association.
· If you have difficulty managing stairs please contact the SeniorNet office so that we can arrange to open the door to the ramp access.
How to contact us.
Phone 06-759-4979 Email email@example.com
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