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The New Zealand Spelling Bee
Sponsored by the Wright Family Foundation

The Bee helps students gain a love of the English language. It is also an exciting learning journey for students in Years 1–10 to learn words that they can use with confidence for the rest of their life.

Since the event started in 2005, tens of thousands of students have taken part in Classroom Spelling Bees, 2600 have participated in a regional Spelling Bee, more than 200 have travelled to Wellington to compete in a New Zealand Spelling Bee Final and 14 have won the New Zealand Spelling Bee Final.

The New Zealand Spelling Bee has three programmes:

  • the national spelling competition for Years 9-10 students
  • spelling resources for Years 1-10 students
  • four Spelling Bee Teacher Awards worth $2000 each

These programmes are FREE to all New Zealand schools. The New Zealand Spelling Bee wordlists for year 9-10 students will be available in March.  Click here to register.

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Online Wordlists and Testing

Education Perfect will host the online version of the New Zealand Spelling Bee.

This means the wordlists for the New Zealand Spelling Bee and the Classroom Spelling Bee are now in an electronic format so that students can access them directly.

 2019 Spelling Bee  2019 Classroom Spelling Bee  2019 Teachers' Award  Important Dates

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

 

Previous Spelling Bee Champions

Year

Name

School

Winning Word

2005

Charlotte Roose

Hillcrest High School, Hamilton

contiguous

2006

Nicole

Kennington

Hutt Valley High School, Wellington

obstreperous

2007

Kate Weir

Linwood High School, Christchurch

vendetta

2008

Thomas North

Hamilton Boys’ High School

flotilla

2009

Christopher Jury

Hamilton Boys’ High School

iterative

2010

Tom Winter

Burnside High School, Christchurch

chrysanthemum

2011

Belinda Gibbon

Wellington Girls’ College

conceited

2012

Ryan McLellan

James Hargest College, Invercargill

longitudinal

2013

Nithya Narayanan

Lynfield College, Auckland

perestroika

2014

George Sabonadiere

Logan Park High School, Dunedin

eugenics

2015

Isobella Nicholls

Carmel College, Auckland

meritocracy

2016

Finn Lewis

Newlands College, Wellington

ostensible

2017

Lucy Jessep

St Margaret’s College, Christchurch

pusillanimous

2018

George Turner

Marlborough Boys’ College

frankincense

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