New Zealand Spelling Bee BannerNew Zealand Spelling Bee 2017 Sponsored by Wright Family Foundation logo

The New Zealand Spelling Bee
Sponsored by the Wright Family Foundation


Today's Semi-final - Monday 14 August - Central North Island

Date: Tuesday 14 August
Time: 4pm-6pm (provisional finish time) Please arrive by 3.45pm
Location: Zeal Theatre
Address: 9 Ward Lane, Hamilton

Download Central North Island Information Circular - PDF 593Kb


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.

Semifinal registrations are now open

Congratulations to our 200 NZSB Semifinalists! Please login and register with the login information you have been given by your school Spelling Bee Organiser.   

2018 Semi Final Registration

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 $2000 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.

Education Perfect Icon

Online Wordlists and Testing - NEW in 2018

This year Education Perfect is proudly hosting the online version of the New Zealand Spelling Bee.

This means the wordlists for the New Zealand Spelling Bee and the Classroom Spelling Bee are now in an electronic format so that students can access them directly.

2018 Spelling Bee  2018 Classroom Spelling Bee  2018 Teachers' Award  Important Dates

The New Zealand Spelling Bee is overseen by a charitable trust.

New Zealand Spelling Bee Competition
New Zealand Spelling Bee for Students
New Zealand Spelling Bee Teacher's Scholarship

tags >> spelling bee nz