The New Zealand Spelling Bee
Sponsored by the Wright Family Foundation
The New Zealand Spelling Bee celebrates 14 years of orthography when it starts again in 2018. 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 13 have won the New Zealand Spelling Bee Final.
The 2017 New Zealand Spelling Bee winner, Lucy Jessep, Year 10, St Margaret’s College, Christchurch. Her winning word was pusillanimous.
Former New Zealand Champion Spellers and their words (click here)
The New Zealand Spelling Bee has three programmes:
- the national spelling competition for Years 9-10 students
- spelling resources for Years 1-13 students
- four Spelling Bee Teacher Awards worth $2500 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.
The New Zealand Spelling Bee is overseen by a charitable trust.