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The New Zealand Spelling Bee helps students gain a love of the English language and celebrates 12 years of orthography this year.  It’s also an exciting learning journey for students from Years 1–10 to learn words they can use with confidence for the rest of their lives.  Since the event started in 2005, thousands of students have taken part in classroom spelling bees, 2,400 have participated in regional spelling bees, nearly 200 have travelled to Wellington to compete in a New Zealand Spelling Bee Final and 11 have won the New Zealand Spelling Bee Final.

The New Zealand Spelling Bee has three programmes:

Register in one of the programmes to access the words.

2017 New Zealand Spelling Bee  2016 Classroom Spelling Bee  2016 Teachers Award

The New Zealand Spelling Bee is overseen by a charitable trust.

SEMI FINALISTS 2016 REGISTRATION (please email us if you need a username/password)

Spelling Bee 2016 - Important Dates

Below is the timeline for Spelling Bee 2016

Semi Finals

2 August -
 Lower South Island Semi-final, Dunedin (click here for event details)
3 August
 - Upper & Central South Island Semi-final, Christchurch (click here for event details)
7 August
 - Upper North Island & Auckland Semi-final, Auckland (click here for event details)
8 August
 - The Far North Island Semi-final, Whangarei (click here for event details)
9 August
 - Central North Island Semi-final, Hamilton (click here for event details)
11 August
 - Lower North Island Semi-final, Wellington (click here for event details)


October -  Auckland (date to be confirmed)


New Zealand Spelling Bee Competition
New Zealand Spelling Bee for Students
New Zealand Spelling Bee Teacher's Scholarship

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