Recent Events

Finance 101: Basic Finance
Date: Wednesday 19 June 11:00 session
Presenter: Peter Rickard

This session will help you sharpen up your knowledge of basic financial concepts and terminology. How do financial markets work? Are you a DIY or active investor and where can you get information to make investment decisions? What are the different types of investments and how do they work?

Bring your calculator or use your phone to do some simple calculations, such as calculating interest, that will equip you to manage your finances better. 

Our tutor Peter has a Master’s degree in Business Studies who has worked across a range of business and finance roles including tutoring and assessment at tertiary level.

Please note this will was not a session on financial advice.

Fire Safety & Lithium Batteries
Friday 14 June  Session
Presenter: Jamie Gray, Advisor,  Readiness and Recovery

Our Guest Speaker from Fire and Emergency NZ will give a presentation on Fire Safety measures, including the use, management, storage and disposal of Lithium batteries.

This is a repeat of the very popular session in November last year.

Trash or Cash
Wednesday: 15th May 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Presenter: A panel of tutors

Are you doing a bit of spring cleaning, decluttering or applying some Marie Kondo method to your possessions? What do you do with those unwanted treasures? In this presentation a panel of tutors will give an overview of the online platforms where you can dispose of your ‘stuff’: TradeMe, Facebook Marketplace, Neighbourly and Freecycle.

We will discuss the pros and cons of these sites and also look at places where you can dispose of e-waste, metals, curtains and other things. Please note we won’t be giving in-depth instruction on how to use the websites.

Advance Care Planning
Friday: 12th April 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Presenter: Kay Webster, Age Concern

Thinking about, talking about and planning for our health and end of life care is important but naturally not something we want to tackle. In this session Kay Webster from Age Concern will talk us through how to write an Advance Care Plan: what matters most to us, what are our preferences for care, what needs to be written down, who do we share our plan with? 

Kay advises people on how to tackle this which can be sensitive and difficult so this session will be very valuable for those who would like to know where to start or have been procrastinating on completing a plan.

FENZ – (Fire Emergency NZ) Fire Safety
This event was – Wednesday 22nd November 2023
Presenter: NZ Fire Services

How safe are the lithium ion batteries used to power our devices? There’s been a bit in the media recently, such as on the TVNZ Sunday programme, about fires caused by batteries igniting.

Our guest speaker from FENZ will speak about the use, management, storage and disposal of lithium ion batteries. He’ll also cover fire safety measures such as what to do in an emergency, escape plans and how we can help ourselves and others. There’ll be plenty of time for questions.

‘This event was full, with all 27 seats taken – however please register your interest in this subject’ for 2024

Members Forum

This event was – Friday 10th November

Where: Level 1 Anvil House, 138-140 Wakefield Street

Guest Speaker: Gábor Tóth

Local History Specialist, Wellington City Libraries.

A continuation of the Members Forum series.

This talk will cover: Plating Up
Eating out in Wellington has changed hugely over the decades, reflecting corresponding changes in our society. This generously illustrated talk looks at the history of the restaurant trade and food trends in the Capital City over the past 100 years. This is the final Members Forum for the year.


Exploring the Benefits of the Super Gold Card
This event was – Thursday 31st August 2023 – CLOSEDS
Presenter: Tim Bryers

Tim Bryers, Key Account Manager SuperGold Card, MBIE has given members a tour of the SuperGold Card website and the phone app. This presentation will be more of a ‘how to use’ the site. You are missing the many benefits of the SuperGold Card if you don’t attend this presentation.

Below is additional advice on using Super Gold cards

from GWRC, Dated 4/09/23

Writer has – checked with our fares and ticketing experts, and they’ve advised that digital copies of SuperGold cards should not be accepted as proof of entitlement. We appreciate the some drivers apply their own discretion in accepting photographs of GoldCards on cell phones, but it’s against policy.

Only physical cards are considered as valid proof of entitlement primarily on the basis that the SuperGold scheme which is a national scheme does not offer any digital version of SuperGold cards. The only cards that are officially valid are physical cards.

There are plans to make SuperGold available on a Snapper card in the lead up to the National Ticketing Solution. This is expected to reduce the need for the card holders to show their cards each time they use services. Government announced fare changes for children, youth and Community Services Card holders have delayed the introduction of this card (it’s literally a gold coloured Snapper card).

Members Forum

This event was – August 2023

Guest Speaker: Kevin Norquay

A continuation of the Members Forum series.

This talk will cover:
“Writing seems simple yet that’s the trick – simple can be complicated, in the same way a piece of beautiful art grabs you and hauls you in, without revealing how painstaking the process was.”

How Intelligent is Artificial Intelligence
This event was – Thursday 13th July 2023
Presenter: Anthony Watson

Everyone is talking about Artificial Intelligence (AI) today – however this has not been an “overnight success” but actually a technology that has stealthily been becoming a part of everyday life for decades. In our talk we will explore where it has come from, where it is heading – and some of the key ways we can put it to use.  Bring your curiosity and let’s explore this topic together.


How Google Lens Can Make Your Life Easier

This event was – Thursday 18th May 2023

Presenter: Alan Royal

This workshop will focus on how Google Lens can assist seniors in making their lives easier. 

The examples provided include using Google Lens to copy text from various sources and paste it onto a phone’s clipboard or computer, listen to text being read aloud, search for specific words or passages within an image, create a calendar event, save contact information, email, call, text or navigate to a website from information on a business card, translate text by aiming the camera at it, act as a calculator, scan bar and QR codes for information, and scan router connection information to connect to the router. (this is generated by Chat GPT)

Social Media the what, why and how
This event was – Friday 12th May 2023
Presenter: Anthony Watson

Anthony will talk about the key social media platforms and their functions but also about the business behind them. 

More details will come later – watch this space.