Voting – New BEANZ Exec Members

Please vote, it only takes a minute of your time!

There are three curriculum development positions available on the Biology Educators’ Association of New Zealand (BEANZ) executive committee. As there were more nominations than positions at the recent AGM, a members’ vote is required. You can download the candidate profiles below.

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BEANZ Executive Vacancies

Curriculum Development Representatives

Regional Representatives

Looking for your next challenge? Build on your leadership skills? Further your career pathways? Or perhaps giving back to the biology community? We are currently taking nominations for BEANZ Curriculum Development Representatives on the Executive and also BEANZ Regional representative team members. Due to a recent resignation there is also a vacancy for Junior Vice President; BEANZ executive have nominated Ian Reeves for this position. Ian is currently the Canterbury regional representative and a member of the executive as a curriculum development representative. Nominations will be presented at our AGM/forum which is being held at BioLive, in Dunedin on Monday 8th July. Please contact to put forward a nomination or for more information about any of these vacancies.


BEANZ Newsletter Term 2, 2019

In this issue:

 · BEANZ  Scholarship

· BioLive

· Article: How to make a flightless bird

· Bio Olympiads

· BEANZ exam order





BEANZ account and login issues

On behalf of BEANZ, my sincerest apologies for any of you who have had issues accessing resources on the BEANZ website. Registrations are handled by the New Zealand Association of Science Educators (NZASE – our umbrella organisation) and involve manual processing of payments and registration data. This has created issues for us as there have often been delays between registrations and when we receive registration data. The registration data we receive is also often incomplete or contains errors. Whenever a registration issue has been brought to my attention, I have done my best to fix these in a timely manner. Unfortunately, it appears that in some cases emails generated by our system have been filtered as spam by some schools. This means that in some cases schools were unaware that we had resolved these issues for them.
I’ve been working hard with NZASE to update their registration and payment systems. In the next couple of months we will be implementing a new registration and payment gateway for NZASE that should automate registrations and solve these problems.
Please remember that we are a volunteer organisation run by teachers who give up their free to provide these services. If anyone else is still having issues please send me your Full Name, School and Email Address.
~Benjamin Himme (BEANZ executive member)

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.


BEANZ BioLive/ChemEd 2019 Scholarships

We are pleased to announce that BEANZ is offering eight scholarships, each worth $500, for members to attend BioLive/ChemEd in Dunedin. Each scholarship covers basic registration which includes the conference itself, morning/afternoon teas and lunches as well as the conference dinner. There are many reasons why you might apply – perhaps you are an early career teacher or you are returning to teaching after a period of time outside of the industry. It may be that you have never attended a BioLive conference before or perhaps your school can only afford to send one staff member but the whole Biology department would like to attend. Whatever your reason, as long as you are a BEANZ member you are eligible to apply for a scholarship. Individuals and schools who have not been awarded a scholarship previously will have precedence. To apply, please email with the following details – Your name, organisation, email address and the reason for applying before Friday 12th April.



BEANZ Newsletter Term 1 2019

In this issue:

BEANZ  Scholarship

BEANZ workshops

BioLive update

QAAM task

Biology Practice Exam Order form




BEANZ Newsletter Term 4 2019

In this issue:

 BEANZ  Scholarship 2019

 BEANZ workshops

 NZIBO update

 New QAAM task

 Meet the execs

I.T tips






BEANZ Research Scholarship 2019 application

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.  


BEANZ Newsletter -Term 3 2018

In this edition:

A note from our senior vice president

NCEA review

Network of expertise update

Scicon scholarship recipients reflections



Members Survey

BEANZ has signed an agreement with the Ministry of Education to develop Networks of Expertise for Biology Teachers. The grant aims to support the subject associations and broader networks used by teacher and school leaders to support and improve their teaching practice. The focus is around building teacher capability at school/kura and Kāhui Ako at regional and national levels.
BEANZ executive are seeking input from Biology teachers across New Zealand to identify aspects that its members would value in additional support. We invite all Biology teachers to respond to this survey. If the response is from more than 1 person please indicate.





Hi All

Please find attached the minutes of our annual general meeting. There are some exciting things going on so we encourage you to have look.