Computer Competence provides friendly, professional computer training opportunities that cover the range from basic computer skills (Windows, Internet, email) to the use of Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Publisher). Training courses have been developed for all skill levels, from those with little or no computer skills up to experienced users who want to extend their existing capabilities.


Courses are available year-round plus individual private training is offered by Computer Competence conveniently located in central Nelson. Tailored corporate training is also available, built around your organisation’s specific needs.


Vivianne Mail, Director (Bachelor of Information Technology, Diploma of Teaching)

Blessed with the initials of V E Mail, Vivianne was obviously fated to work with computers. With the ability to use a computer seen as an increasingly necessary tool at home and in the workplace, she understands the need for everyone to have some basic confidence when using the technology. Her teaching qualifications and degree in IT means she has the skills to help people learn. However, Vivianne is also aware that computing can sometimes be taken too seriously and that training should be enjoyable as well as useful.

Vivianne has more years of secondary school teaching experience than she is willing to own up to (“Just think of a big number, then double it!”), and also has over 12 years tertiary training experience through having been employed by the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) and the Christchurch College of Education as a tutor. In spite of her close association with computers, she still retains a well developed sense of fun. At times she also manages to get back into her large organic garden which she maintains with some close supervision from her cat.

Contacting Computer Competence


Office: (03) 548 1763Mobile: 021 050 6193

20 Konini Street

Nelson 7010


Email: Computer Competence

Snail Mail: 20 Konini Street, Nelson 7010