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

Family History Month - Storytelling

Everybody has stories about significant events, or people and places important to your family.  The Nelson Public Libraries  and Prow writer Joy Stephens are running two workshops during Family History Month to help you chose material, frame your story, think about your potential audience and write a story which will delight and interest your family and friends.  Come along with a story in mind and pen and paper for scribbling and brainstorming- $10 for the two sessions. Registrations essential- contact
When: Friday 7 and 14 August. 10-11.30am

World War I

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

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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..

Story of the Day Sunday 02 August 2015


Pioneers Park

The Park opened in 1929 and has been used for a variety of community purposes

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