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

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..

Nelson Heritage Week from 12 April 2014

Celebrate Nelson's transport heritage and start your discovery of Nelson and World War 1. Heritage events run from 12-20 April.  Read stories contributed specially for Heritage week: Nelson ships and World War 1, The Regulus, Albert Nalder, Memories of Port Nelson, Building Nelson's wharves, Born to go to sea, Memories of the Mamaku and Nelson's aviation history.

Story of the Day Friday 25 April 2014

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Marlborough women at war

New Zealand nurses served in both World Wars, providing devoted care to the war sick and wounded and displaying great courage.

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Recently Added Stories

  1. Marlborough women at war
  2. Memories of the Mamaku
  3. John Ribet of Hope Junction

Recently Added Comments

  1. 11 days ago
    How do I find the death notices for the year 1936, my Uncle's name is/was... read more
  2. 12 days ago
    I enjoyed this article. In the 1950's I and Michael Trumic owned "Several Arts" in... read more
  3. 14 days ago
    Why is Tasman Street School not given a mention? I started there in 1946. I... read more

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