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 lives.
Since the event started in 2005, tens of thousands of students have taken part in Classroom Spelling Bees, 2,600 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 New Zealand Spelling Bee competion for Year 9-10 students
- Classroom Spelling Bee for Years 1-10 students
- Four Spelling Bee Teachers' Award worth $2500 each
Registrations for The 2017 New Zealand Spelling Bee for Years 9-10 are now closed.
Schools with students Years 1-8 can still register in the Classroom Spelling Bee
Teachers can still apply for the Teachers' Award
The New Zealand Spelling Bee is overseen by a charitable trust.