Stories from the Top of the South

Welcome to The Prow, a website featuring historical and cultural stories from Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough. 

Te Tau Ihu o Te Waka a Maui is the Māori name for the top of the South Island. Legend tells us that Te Tau Ihu was the prow of Maui's waka, or canoe, from which he fished up the North Island.

Join our voyage and discover more about the history and stories of Te Tau Ihu. Search or browse the theme pages, our timeline or the map location feature,  add your own story, comment on any story, subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on Twitter. Contact us for further information or to provide feedback on our stories.

The Prow is a collaboration between the Nelson City, Tasman and Marlborough District Libraries, Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology and The Nelson Provincial Museum.  Images are supplied by supporting institutions, please check their terms of use.

Prow Features

World War I

The Prow will feature Nelson's WWI stories throughout the commemorative years: August 2014-November 2018. We welcome Your Stories. New feature: WWI index of the Nelson Anglican Centre Archive.

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Top of the South Timeline

Find a story or an event using our timeline feature


Includes curriculum resources for teachers, Nelson Historical Journal, Nelson Photo News and more..


Find out more about the prow and its stories in this series of newsletters……

Story of the Day Friday 23 February 2018


Orchards of the Nelson region

The Nelson region has been vital in the development of New Zealand's apple and pear growing and marketing industry.

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Recently Added Stories

  1. Early Marlborough Settlers
  2. The Rise of the Motor Vehicle in Richmond
  3. Getting established in Marlborough

Recently Added Comments

  1. 1 month ago
    Interesting to have this record of Nelson schools. I went to school in Appleby, Bainham... read more
  2. 2 months ago
    Abel Tasman worked for an establishment bent on annexation and world domination, had an uppity... read more
  3. 2 months ago
    A wee bit of fact to pepper the conjecture - The Dutch East India Company,... read more

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