BEANZ Term 3 Newsletter

In this edition …

P1  President’s Comments

P2 Your BEANZ Executive

P2 Introducing Penny Daddy

P3 BioLive 2021 Conference postponed

P4 Regional Representatives

P5 Network of Expertise Update

P6 Vacancy for Regional Reps

P6-7 NZ BioOlympiad

P8-9 BEANZ Exams

P10 Sharing Your Mahi

P10 Scholarship Tutorial Report

P11 Skeletons in the Closet

P12 Plants Unit incorporating Mātauranga Maori

P12 Investigating Vascular Systems in Plants

P13 Unlocking Life’s Code

P14 BEANZ Facilitator Role

P15 BEANZ Research Scholarship

P16 Feature Article Extinction Crisis Nic Rawlence


Unlocking Life’s Code

  • Developed by the University of Auckland Genomics Into Medicine initiative (GIM).
  • The resource introduces fundamental mechanisms of life to students, laying the groundwork for them to develop informed opinions about the complex issues that arise out of genomics use in society today. Also, New Zealand would certainly benefit from having a scientifically literate public, engaged citizen scientists and a more widespread enthusiasm among young people for STEM careers.
  • An interactive pdf links to 3D-explorable molecular models and inspiring videos of biologists who are passionate about their research. 
  • Fillable text fields enable students to record their learning, ask and answer questions and work through genetics problems.
  • Senior students might navigate much of the resource on their own and will likely find it a useful extension to their classroom learning.
  • GIM hope that Year 9-11 students will have the opportunity to work through the resource and find it generally accessible and stimulating.

In addition to a version of the resource created for teachers, GIM is also developing a University micro-credential course for educators wanting to expand their understanding of genomics. If interested, please contact

To obtain this resource click download below.

A teacher version complete with notes and answers is available from ….

… Allan Smith, BEANZ National Administrator


BioLive Conference 2021

The conference has been postponed until November 2022. Registrants will receive an email from conference organisers.



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 Three 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:

A job description is available here:


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