NZ Spelling Bee sponsored by
the Wright Family Foundation - Team Patron
Roger Leighton Hall, CNZM, QSO is one of New Zealand's most successful playwrights and the New Zealand Spelling Bee considers itself enormously privileged to have him as Patron.
Roger has been instrumental in seeing the event grow by giving the organiser both practical and inspirational advice. Roger also delights in coming to the Final every year to give a keynote speech at the Spelling Bee Banquet dinner, meeting the finalists and their families.
Organiser of the New Zealand Spelling Bee
Janet Lucas, QSM was inspired with a friend to start a national spelling bee after watching Spellbound, a movie about the US Scripps National Spelling Bee.
The New Zealand Spelling Bee now includes the 2016 New Zealand Spelling Bee, (Years 9-10), the New Zealand Classroom Spelling Bee, (Years 1-8) and the New Zealand Spelling Bee Teacher Awards (Years 0-13).
She oversees the development of all the resources including the wordlists, supporting documentation such as rules and application forms, organises the 2016 New Zealand Spelling Bee, including the Semi-finals and the Final in Wellington.
Janet also oversees the Award for Teachers.
Media and Communications
Rachel Kitteridge is a board member of the New Zealand Spelling Bee and is a passionate promoter of the event and its aims. Publicist for the past seven years. she does all the advertising and promotion of the event and is the media contact.