THE NEW ZEALAND SPELLING BEE SPONSORED BY 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:
- 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.
Spelling Bee 2016 - Important Dates
Below is the timeline for Spelling Bee 2016
2 August -
Lower South Island Semi-final, Dunedin (click here for event details)
3 August - Upper & Central South Island Semi-final, Christchurch (click here for event details)
7 August - Upper North Island & Auckland Semi-final, Auckland (click here for event details)
8 August - The Far North Island Semi-final, Whangarei (click here for event details)
9 August - Central North Island Semi-final, Hamilton (click here for event details)
11 August - Lower North Island Semi-final, Wellington (click here for event details)
October - Auckland (date to be confirmed)