Our History

The concept of SeniorNet 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. SeniorNet was first established in New Zealand in 1992.

SeniorNet Cambridge started up in May 2000.  On May 2, 2000 when Fifty Plus and Grey Power called a meeting to gauge the interest for a SeniorNet group for Cambridge, some 54 people signed up and paid some or all of their first year’s subscription. This money got us started, along with a grant from Telecom to new SeniorNet groups, money from Lotteries Grants Board and help from local businesses.

To date our organisation in Cambridge has had more than 1,100 members in total, with an annual active membership of about 100.  Many of our original members still attend the club and a number of them are still tutoring.  SeniorNet brings older adults and technology together in a friendly, fun and stress-free way. It is for people who would 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 a range of courses from an introduction to computers to word processing, email, computer maintenance, graphics, on-line banking, smartphones, scanning, web browsing, Excel, PowerPoint, greetings cards, files and folders, and many more.  We list more than 40 courses and workshops to help our members keep up to date in the world of technology.

In 2018, following a trend across most NZ SeniorNet organisations, we began to offer personalised help sessions, where in a one on one environment, people are able to address their particular questions and difficulties  rather than follow a strict course syllabus.  These sessions have proven popular both for members as well as non-members.  Subjects cover Windows 10, smartphones, Apple and Android tablets, printer problems, router setup and customisation, Smart TVs, Facebook, LinkedIn, Skype, Twitter and other ancillary products.

Since we commenced operations in 2000, we have been renting our club-rooms behind the Community Centre in Taylor Street.  In 2018, we reluctantly relinquished our second classroom in order to reduce our rental costs. We still operate from the same building but now share it with two other tenants.

SeniorNet Cambridge Committee 2019

Chairman Malcolm Baigent021473860
Deputy ChairmanGordon Vick0279527167
Immediate Past ChairmanDes McMahon07 823 2339
TreasurerCheryl Whitfield07 823-2554
SecretaryValerie Stansfield07 827 7186
Class CoordinatorMartin Pracy07 839 4179
Senior TutorMuriel Tooley07 829-6190
Arranging speakersHarold Thomas07 827-4034
CommitteeFaeye Carson07 827-8621
CommitteeAnne Carroll07 823 4457
CommitteeGeorgie Lowe07 823 1016
CommitteeMaureen Cameron0274 918 488