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Upcoming Royal Society Te Apārangi National Lecture Series

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Two upcoming National lecture series: Digital breaths: The benefits of bioengineering presented by Professor Merryn Tawhai from the University of Auckland and Ornamental to detrimental: The invasion of New Zealand by non-native plants presented by Professor Philip Hulme from Lincoln University.

Ornamental to detrimental: The invasion of New Zealand by non-native plants

Palmerston North | Palmerston North Central Library, Events Central - register for Palmerston North
7:30pm Wednesday 9 May

Napier | EIT, Lecture Theatre LTH1 - register for Napier
6pm Thursday 10 May

Christchurch | University of Canterbury, C2 Central Lecture Theatres - register for Christchurch
6:30pm Wednesday 16 May

Wellington | Royal Society Te Apārangi, Aronui Lecture Theatre - register for Wellington
6:30pm Wednesday 23 May

Nelson | Nelson Elim Christian Centre - register for Nelson
7:30pm Tuesday 5 June

Digital breaths: The benefits of bioengineering

Rotorua | Scion, Rimu Conference Room - register for Rotorua
6pm Tuesday 17 April

Hamilton | Waikato Museum, Lecture Theatre - register for Hamilton
5:30pm Wednesday 18 April

Auckland | Auckland Museum, Auditorium - register for Auckland 
6pm Tuesday 24 April
$10 General admission, $5 Members and Friends

Palmerston North | Palmerston North Central Library, Events Central - register for Palmerston North
7:30pm Tuesday 19 June

Napier | EIT, Lecture Theatre LTH1 - register for Napier
6pm Wednesday 20 June

Wellington | Royal Society Te Apārangi, Aronui Lecture Theatre - register for Wellington
12:15pm Thursday 21 June

Nelson | Nelson Elim Christian Centre - register for Nelson
7:30pm Tuesday 26 June

Christchurch | University of Otago Christchurch, Rolleston Lecture Theatre - register for Christchurch
6:30pm Wednesday 27 June

Dunedin | Otago Museum, Hutton Theatre - register for Dunedin
5:30pm Thursday 28 June

Wanaka | Wanaka Presbyterian Community Church Centre - register for Wanaka 
6pm Friday 29 June
$5 door charge

The Facebook event pages can be found here:

FINAL CALL: Women's Leadership Scholarships


Women currently working in the education sector have a final opportunity to register their intereset ina scholarship worth up to $8000 to support participation in an accredited leadership development program.

Funding must be apportioned by early May and it is unsure when these grants will be available again. Find out more and register your interest by completing the Expression of Interest form here prior to 5pm on 27 April.

NZQA Website Links

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Over the weekend some changes to the NZQA website were made, one of which was to increase the prominence of ‘NCEA’ on the main page and in the overall structure. Due to this change, all of the URLs to our currently published exemplars and clarifications are now different to what they were last week.

The first piece of advice for users should be to check that they are accessing the resources directly through our website and the relevant subject page, not via a bookmarked link. Old bookmarks and links will not work anymore.

Please note the link to NZQA from the Secondary Teaching Guide landing page is broken.

Neil Marshall

National Assessment Moderator – Mathematics & Statistics

Assessment & Moderation

Assessment Division


NZQA exemplars for 91028

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Following from the recent L1 Mathematics MCAT assessment, for which NZAMT provided resources and teacher workshops for over 1000 teachers, teachers should note that one further aspect of the workshops was about NZQA’s signalled changes to questions in 91028 Investigate relationships between tables, equations and graphs.

The changes to 91028 involve: 
• Answer space provided in the form of a grid – which can be used for whatever purpose the candidate chooses – draw a graph, construct a table, write an equation or write any response. 
• Students are required to choose whether to draw a graph, construct a table or write an equation
• A range of possible representations (table, equation, graph) can lead to the solution of the problem

Teachers should familiarise students with the expected question changes.
Exemplar questions for this are available on the NZQA subject resources page:…/2017-Resources-for-91027-MCAT-and…

Link to 2017 L1 Mathematics Assessment Specifications:…/assessment-specif…/mathematics-l1/


The examples included on the web site are NOT entire papers. 
• While the working space for some parts of questions may be in the form of a grid the candidate must answer the question that is asked. This will often be in the form of an equation or a statement. Although there may not be a line on the working space the candidate is expected to still write their response on this page.

• The end of year assessment task will include some parts of questions that are similar to last year. i.e If the way in which a candidate responds to a question is likely to be by the construction of tables (the choice is the candidates) then they may be asked to draw the graph of a parabola or to give the equation of a parabola. Note that the graph must relate to level 6 of the curriculum and is therefore more likely to relate to quadratic equations / parabolas or relate to an exponential equation.