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 Māui is the Māori name for the top of the South Island. Legend tells us that Te Tau Ihu was the prow of Māui'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.

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Tuia 250

A commemoration to mark the onshore encounters between Māori and Europeans during the first voyage of James Cook and the HMS 'Endeavour' in 1769 to Aotearoa. The central event is the Tuia 250 Voyage with a flotilla of waka hourua, va’a tipaerua and tall ships sailing the coast from October to December 2019. The flotilla visits Waitohi/Picton 21-26 November. Find Prow stories which describe first encounters in Te Tau Ihu o te waka a Māui.

Top of the South Timeline

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Resources

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

Newsletters

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

Story of the Day Wednesday 03 March 2021

Nelson Hospice

Rob Riley


In 2014 Nelson Youth Council conducted a series of interviews for Heritage Week 2015. They spoke with people involved in areas of health and medicine and this is one of the stories which was displayed in Elma Turner Library.


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Recently Added Comments

  1. 4 months ago
    Hi Ellen, a great story to read. I am a direct descendant (great great grandson)... read more
  2. 5 months ago
    My Grandfather William Marshall Macready got a farm in a war ballot after WW3 up... read more
  3. 5 months ago
    Can anyone tell me the name of Kehu's wife? read more

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