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.
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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 Wednesday 17 September 2014


Mayors of Nelson

A tour of the Mayoral graves in Wakapuaka cemetery

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Recently Added Stories

  1. Art and Architecture of Trafalgar Street, Nelson
  2. Nelson's WWI Red Cross Flag
  3. New and altered geographic names of Te Tau ihu

Recently Added Comments

  1. 14 days ago
    My Grandfather John McHarg was dredge engineer responsible for creating the cut.A major undertaking back... read more
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    Hi there, I'm putting together my family tree and Charles Ferdinand Robert Jaensch is also... read more
  3. 1 month ago
    My late father, V C Ostenfeld was seconded from the Anchor Company to the newly... read more

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