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The New Zealand Spelling Bee
sponsored by The Wright Family Foundation

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.

Spellbound - Spelling Bee on TV!

TV ONE brings spelling to the nation with a brand new show, Spellbound, where extraordinary young Kiwis compete to be crowned as New Zealand’s top speller.

Hosted by Toni Street, Spellbound follows 36 contestants from years 9 and 10 over three weeks, as they attempt to take out the top spot in the annual New Zealand Spelling Bee.

The Wright Family Foundation is proud to sponsor Spellbound. “Through screening Spellbound nationally, the reach of the event will be broadened. Our vision is to create articulate readers and writers who may go on to higher education with confidence. The event has the goal of expanding children’s vocabulary and encouraging a love of language – which is something we are passionate about fostering” says co-founder Chloe Wright.


2016 New Zealand Spelling Bee Final - 25-26 August

On Thursday 25 and Friday 26 August 36 Spelling Bee finalists will battle it out letter by letter for the title of 2016 New Zealand Spelling Bee Champion and $5000 towards further study.

The Final will be at The Bruce Mason Theatre, Takapuna.

Please email us if you would like details about being in the audience.

Click here for the list of the 36 finalists. PDF 62Kb


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