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Previous Champions

A list of the previous New Zealand Spelling Bee winners and their winning words.

Year

Name

School

Winning Word

2005

Charlotte Roose

Hillcrest High School,
Hamilton

contiguous

2006

Nicole Kennington

Hutt Valley High School,
Wellington

obstreperous

2007

Kate Weir

Linwood High School,
Christchurch

vendetta

2008

Thomas North

Hamilton Boys’ High School,
Hamilton

flotilla

2009

Christopher Jury

Hamilton Boys’ High School,
Hamilton

iterative

2010

Tom Winter

Burnside High School,
Christchurch

chrysanthemum

2011

Belinda Gibbon

Wellington Girls’ College,
Wellington

conceited

2012

Ryan McLellan

James Hargest College,
Invercargill

longitudinal

2013

Nithya Narayanan

Lynfield College,
Auckland

perestroika

2014

George Sabonadiere

Logan Park High School,
Dunedin

eugenics

2015

Isobella Nicholls

Carmel College,
Auckland

meritocracy

2016

Finn Lewis

Newlands College,
Wellington

ostensible

2017

Lucy Jessep

St Margaret’s College,
Christchurch

pusillanimous

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