NZ BioOlympiad 2021

Registrations are now open for the 2021 NZ BioOlympiad!

Are you the teacher in charge of NZIBO for your school? then please email Dr Heather Meikle, Secretary NZIBO, so that she can update the contact list for NZIBO so that your students do not miss out.


BEANZ Newsletter Term 2 2021

In this edition …

P1  President’s Report

P2 Your Executive

P2 introducing Erica Jar

P3 BioliveChemEd Conference details

P4 Conference program

P5 Conference scholarships

P5 Regional Representatives

P6 Maatauranga Workshops

P7 NZ BioOlympiad (NZBIO)

P9 Sharing the Mahi

P9 CSTA Exams Available

P10 BEANZ Research

    Scholarship 2021

P11 BEANZ L3 Practice Exams

P13 BEANZ Facilitator Job advertisement

P14  Feature article – Lost in Translation or Deliberate Falsifications?


Regional Representatives Needed in Two Regions

Attention Biology Teachers BEANZ Regional Representatives needed in

Central North Island

South Canterbury

Looking for your next challenge? Or perhaps an opportunity to give something back to the biology community?

Regional representatives are a key link between biology teachers in their region and play a key role in facilitating professional development opportunities with support and input from BEANZ.

Gerd Banke is BEANZ Regional Representative for Nelson Marlborough. In her words being a BEANZ Rep means, “being a sounding board for the region” where you “get to collaborate with some of the country’s most inspiring Biology teachers when we meet during our National huis and plan the regional workshops”

If you are from one of the three regions mentioned and are interested in taking up this position, or would like more information contact Mikhal Stone (BEANZ Regional Rep Liaison) at:


BEANZ Regional Representatives

If you are looking for your BEANZ representative for your region, find it here. They would love to hear about you and exciting things you are doing in your classroom.


BEANZ Level 3 Practice Exams

Once again BEANZ is please to be able to offer you Level 3 Biology

Practice External Exams

Download here…


Seeking a full-time Biology Facilitator for 2022

The Biology Educators Association of New Zealand (BEANZ) is seeking a passionate and experienced Biology teacher to be our National Biology Facilitator for 2022. In this role, you would work with the BEANZ executive to support Biology teachers around the country. You would play a key role in the development and delivery of resources and professional development to our regional networks. You would work remotely (from home), but the position also demands regular travel around the country. Be a part of this exciting opportunity to shape Biology education in New Zealand. Meet other passionate Biologists from all around New Zealand and work with them to share expertise and strengthen our network.

This position will be funded as one year of teacher release. Applicants must currently hold a permanent position in a New Zealand school. Your school must also agree to release you for the 2022 academic year.

Please send your CV (including three referees) and a covering letter outlining what you could bring to the role to:

Any updates about this position will be posted in the ‘download’ below…


BEANZ Newsletter Term 2, 2020

In this issue:

· Message from our President

· Science and the plastic problem

· BEANZ Research Scholarship

· BEANZ 2020 Level 3 Bio Exams

· Article: EasyDNA – Ancestral DNA Tests

· NZ International Biology Olympiad (teacher scholarships)

· 2020 BLAKE Youth Award


BEANZ Research Scholarship

The BEANZ Research Scholarship is available to a practising New Zealand Biology teacher to conduct research into a relevant and current aspect of Biology of national benefit to Year 7 – 13 teachers.

For more information, download the application form below.


Term 4 2019 BEANZ Newsletter

In this issue:

SciCon Scholarship

PPTA Seminars

BEANZ workshops

Bio Olympiad teacher scholarships

Reading ‘fossil dip from the lost world’


BEANZ Newsletter Term 3, 2019

In this issue:

· Presidents Report

· Review of Achievement Standards (RAS)

· Article: BioLive Scholarship Recipients

· NZ International Biology Olympiad

· Regional Representatives (updated list)

· Article: Footprints Illuminate the Dark Age of Moa Evolution

· BEANZ Exam Orders


BEANZ Newsletter Term 2, 2019

In this issue:

 · BEANZ  Scholarship

· BioLive

· Article: How to make a flightless bird

· Bio Olympiads

· BEANZ exam order





Biology Educators’ Association of New Zealand (BEANZ) Research Scholarship 2020

The BEANZ Research Scholarship is available to a practising New Zealand Biology teacher to conduct research into a relevant and current aspect of Biology of national benefit to Year 7 – 13 Biology teachers.  Further information about the scholarship is attached.