This Weekend: National Scrabble Day

From Nights, 9:15 pm on 12 April 2024

Tonight we're talking to Alexander Gandar about National Scrabble Day which celebrates the popular game of Scrabble which is played around the world.

It coincides with the birthday of Alfred Mosher Butts in 1899; the man who invented the iconic board game.

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Photo: By thebarrowboy (Flickr: Scrabble) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

To celebrate Scrabble Day, there are several events being held across the country. 


WHAT: Dunedin Scrabble Tournament

WHERE: NZ Labour Party Dunedin South Branch, Bill Fraser Room, 68 Macandrew Road, South Dunedin

WHEN: Sat 13 April 9AM – 3PM & Sun 14 April 8.30AM - 3PM


WHAT: Scrabble Open Day @ Lamplight Books. Local player Alexander Gandar will host other players throughout the day, and encourage locals to get involved.

WHERE: Lamplight Books, 100 Parnell Rd, Parnell, Auckland

WHEN: Sat 13 April, 11AM – 4PM


WHAT: Top North American Scrabble player Chris Tallman hosts a session with local Hamilton players in a public setting, and encourages interested passers-by to play.

WHERE: A public venue TBC

WHEN: Sat 13 April, 11AM – 4PM


WHAT: Informal Scrabble session for youth ages 7+, for beginner and experienced players.

WHERE: Takaka Library, 3 Junction Street, Takaka

WHEN: Sat 13 April, 10AM - midday