Making a photobook

Learn how and from where you can get free software to turn your deep litter pile of photographs into astounding coffee table creations for family and friends.

Photo Editing

This course covers the priniciples of photo editing using FastStone, a free photo editing programme.

Subjects covered include image preview and comparison, thumbnails and organizing into folders; resizing, cropping and printing, including contact sheets; colour, brightness and sharpness correction; red-eye removal; adding titles and frames; sending images by email; creating self-contained slideshows with sound; clone and healing for image object removal and correction, and image object selection for unique editing.

Family History and Genealogy

If you have wanted to start recording your family history, the Family History class is an introductory session that will go over the basics of what can or needs to be done.  No prerequisite skills are required – just a curiosity about your forebears.  If you find it interesting, then you can subsequently join the more in depth classes on genealogy. You may wish to bring any information you have about your family for a practical demonstration.


Facebook is a very widely used social networking website where users can post comments, share photographs and post links to news or other interesting content on the web, chat live, and watch short-form video. Shared content can be made publicly accessible, or it can be shared only among a select group of friends or family, or with a single person.  Facebook is a good way to keep in touch with friends and family.

Shopping on line

The ability to shop online is a great boon for the older generation as their mobility lessens. This class will show you the huge range of products and services available online, and how to go about shopping safely.

E-books and E-audiobooks

This class will show you how to find and download electronic books and electronic audio books to read or listen to on your devices.  This will include guidance on how to access free electronic books and audio books through the Rotorua Public Library.


A scanner can be considered as a form of digital camera. A scanner works by passing a bright light and an image sensor over a document or photo placed face down on its glass (similar to a photocopier).  In this course, you will learn how to use your scanner as a copier, and how to scan photos to add to your digital photo collection, and how to scan documents and photos to email to other people.


This New Zealand-based buying and selling site is used by many thousands of people.  The aim of this class is to give you confidence in using it.  It will cover aspects such as opening an account, offering times for sale, the differences between starting price, reserve price and buy-now price, auction etiquette, paying for goods and lodging feedback.

Internet banking

Internet banking is a fast and convenient way to keep up-to-date with and manage your accounts and pay bills, all from the comfort of your own home. This course will help you feel more comfortable and confident when it comes to online banking.

Writing and publishing

If you feel an urge to write your memoirs, record your family history or to venture into writing a novel, this course will help you.  It covers all stages  – initial planning, the writing process, using the capabilities of publishing software, editing, compiling, printing and even as far as self-publishing through Internet services.