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NZ Spelling Bee - Chloe Wright - Patron


Chloe Wright, co-founder of the Wright Family Foundation with husband Wayne, is the Patron of the New Zealand Spelling Bee.

Chloe and Wayne have spent more than 20 years making a difference in the lives of children building New Zealand’s early childcare provider, BestStart Educare.

Chloe says that education is at the heart of everything that do and they want to unleash children’s potential through education in various forms.

The Foundation is passionate about raising awareness of the science on aspects of life such as, the importance of pre-natal health, breastfeeding and the first thousand days of a child’s life.

Through the Wright Family Foundation Chloe is committed to providing assistance and funds to projects focused on aiding the educational development of all New Zealanders.

As Patron of the New Zealand Spelling Bee, Chloe says she has an imperative to grow this event to be one of the most highly regarded scholastic events in New Zealand.

“My 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,” she says.

Chloe is also the Patron of the Kids’ Lit Quiz 

The New Zealand Spelling Bee Trustees

Janet Lucas, QSM
Bob Symon, Applications Support Manager, ANZ
Rachel D’Cruz, Communications and PR Manager, Best Start
The New Zealand Spelling Bee is a Charitable Trust.

New Zealand Spelling Bee Organisers

Janet Lucas, QSM
Janet oversees the development of all the resources including the wordlists, supporting documentation, organises the New Zealand New Zealand Spelling Bee including the Semi-finals and the Final in Wellington. She also oversees the Teachers Award.

Cushla Woodward, Foundation Support Manager, Wright Family Foundation
Cushla has a profound interest in ensuring that all children are given the best opportunities to fulfil their full potential and believes the New Zealand Spelling Bee can play a positive role in facilitating this. She supports Janet with the organisation of the Semi-finals and the Final in Wellington.


Owen Scott
Owen is a trained lawyer and actor but now a non-fiction writer, editor and broadcaster. He is the Pronouncer at both the regional Spelling Bees and the Final.


Janet Lucas
Rachel D’Cruz,
Paul Whitaker
Charlotte Hoggard, Lawyer and writer


Janet Lucas,
Rachel D’Cruz,
Owen Scott


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New Zealand Spelling Bee Partners

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