Actrix Product Focus - SeniorNet
from the February 2000 Actrix Newsletter

SeniorNet is the name chosen for an organisation that started in San Francisco with the aim of investigating whether or not new technologies and communications media could enhance the lifestyles of senior citizens.

The community based groups that emerged were known as learning centres where seniors (you must be 55 to join) could meet together to learn about and gain experience with computers. These learning centres have spread and grown since the project started in 1986. New Zealand became the first non-American country to have a SeniorNet learning centre when the Wellington branch opened in 1992. A second centre was opened in Nelson in 1993 and today there are 27 SeniorNet learning centres existing throughout New Zealand, all operating as charitable organisations and run by dedicated and unpaid committees. Their courses cover such things as computer basics, general software such as word-processors and spreadsheets, and the internet.

If you'd like to know more about SeniorNet and how to join or assist, you could visit their New Zealand web page at www.seniornet.org.nz. You can also contact them free by phone on 0800 SENIORNET.

Actrix has a couple of plans designed especially for SeniorNet members and restricted to them alone.

Prices and Features are as follows:

Senior One
  • $27 (incl GST) advance payment per quarter (3 months)
  • 60 free hours per quarter (90 per hour after that)
  • Free 20 hour bonus with the first payment.
Senior Two
  • $51 (incl GST) advance payment per quarter (3 months)
  • 120 free hours per quarter (90 per hour after that)
  • Free 40 hour bonus with the first payment.