SeniorNet was established in the USA some years ago. The first group outside the USA was formed in Wellington in 1992. Nelson was next, and there are now 74 in NZ with membership in excess of 15,000. Groups are independent, but share information and ideas through the national body, The Federation of N.Z. SeniorNet Societies.
The local group started in a small way in 1999, and has grown to 160 members, most from the Waimakariri District, but with some from as far away as Greta Valley, Waiau and Hawarden, and from north Christchurch.
Prior to the Christchurch earthquakes it was based in the Hanson Building in Kaiapoi which has been demolished.