Ngaio Marsh Award for Best First Novel

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2010 was the inaugural year of the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel.

The Ngaio Marsh Award for First Novel was first awarded in 2016, and in 2017 the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Non Fiction was introduced.

The finalists for the 2019 Ngaios (across the Best Novel, Best First Novel, and Best Non-Fiction categories) were announced on 2 August, with the authors celebrated and the winners revealed at a special WORD Christchurch event on 14 September.

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The judging panel of seven crime writing experts from New Zealand, Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Nordic countries, announced the winners at the 2016 WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival on 27 August.

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