The New Zealand Spelling Bee
Sponsored by the Wright Family Foundation
The New Zealand Spelling Bee celebrates 13 years of orthography this year. 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 competed in a New Zealand Spelling Bee Final and 12 have won the New Zealand Spelling Bee Final.
Last year it was even a television programme titled Spellbound that screened on TVNZ.
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 $2500 each
Register in one of the programmes to access the words.
The New Zealand Spelling Bee is overseen by a charitable trust.