Free Community Based Computing

About Us...

SmartNewtown was started in October 2002 to provide free internet and computer training to people who may not have access to computers or the internet. 

Back then we were a joint pilot project between Wellington City Council, the Wellington Region Economic Development Agency and the Wellington Region 2020 Communications Trust. 

Today SmartNewtown is a project of the Newtown Community and Cultural Centre and is solely funded by Wellington City Council.

Our friendly staff are all IT professionals with a wide range of computing backgrounds and experience.  In addition to providing access to computers and the Internet we provide an in-house help-desk service and two introductory training courses designed to provide customers with the fundamentals of computing, the Internet and a basic understanding of the Microsoft Office suite of products.

In February 2010 we expanded our facilities, remodelling the office space layout, modernising our computers and the software versions running on them, increasing our Internet bandwidth and performance and upgrading from 10 computers to 19.

Our Services...


Yes we are FREE and have 19 desktop computers available.
We run windows 7 and have MS Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
If we have people waiting we will limit you to 1 hour
If there is no one waiting we do not mind how long you are on a computer.

First time  - please register at the Office
Then, Sign In and Out of the logbook each time you use a computer.

Note : Due to bandwidth use we do not support video and music.

We offer 2 introductory courses and 1 refresher:

  • •  Introduction to Computing
 - Learn how to use the PC, plus Internet and Email

•  Microsoft Office Fundamentals: LEVEL I
 - An introduction to  Word, Excel and PowerPoint

•  Microsoft Office Fundamentals: LEVEL II (This is new course)
 - An introduction to  Word, Excel and PowerPoint

Both Classes run once a week for 7 weeks.
Classes start in:
•    February
•    April
•    June
•    August
•    October

Class sizes range from 10 – 15 and are taught by a tutor.  Notes are provided each week
 – just bring a pen and the willingness to learn.
We offer morning (9.30 am – 12.00 pm) and afternoon (3.30 pm – 6.00 pm) sessions for each class.

Drop by to fill out an enrolment form and get onto our waiting list.

We’ll contact you 1 – 2 weeks before the course starts to let you know which day / time are available.  If your phone number changes, please let us know.  After 3 attempts to contact you i.e.  If we leave a message and you do not return the call - we will remove you from our waiting list.

Just ask our friendly staff for help
Note : We do not carry out computer repairs

Black and White, Single Sided – 20 cents per page
Black and White, Double Sided – 30 cents per page
Colour - $1 per page

The scanner is in the Office.

A 4 - $1 per page
A3 - $1.50 per page

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