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

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 15 August 2018

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Brook Valley Nelson


The Brook Valley has been integral to the development of Nelson since the early days of European colonisation, for its water and minerals. The head of the valley is now becoming a mainland island wildlife reserve as the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary


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Recently Added Stories

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  2. Croucher's Flour Mill and Bakehouse
  3. The Town that Wilkes Built and a Lucky Escape from Friendly Fire

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    Thoroughly enjoyed being a member of this group for 7 years, President in 2000. Some... read more
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    Story indicates Mr A.C.Manning bought Curious Cove in 1946, Was Mr A.R.Manning ( Albert Remmington),... read more

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