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 Saturday 29 April 2017


New and altered geographic names of Te Tau ihu

On 1 August 2014 a number of new or altered geographic names took effect as part of Treaty Claims settlements.

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Recently Added Stories

  1. The Redwood Family
  2. Wiiliam Moore. Nelson First Public School Teacher
  3. Nelson College for Girls

Recently Added Comments

  1. 4 days ago
    Do you have a copy of Alexander Brown birth certificate born in Rutherglen,
    Lanarkshire, Scotland. Ed... read more
  2. 5 days ago
    Meretoro/Ship Cove Heading should read Meretoto - it's correct in text - probably a typo.... read more
  3. 14 days ago
    You can watch 1916 silent film of Daffodil Day here: read more

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