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.

WW100 Logo Process CMYK

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 Wednesday 22 February 2017

Trask Gates FNJones

Trask Memorial Gates Queens Gardens

The Trask Memorial Gates into Queens Gardens commemorate a former Nelson Mayor who was instrumental in creating the gardens.

Read More »

Recently Added Stories

  1. Rutherford and Pickering at Havelock School
  2. Protecting Nelson Haven
  3. Pethybridge Memorial Rose Garden Motueka

Recently Added Comments

  1. 6 days ago
    I can confirm that the photograph on your site is indeed Percival Fagan as we... read more
  2. 18 days ago
    my name is grant norton i go back to the first whalers.In around 1970 i... read more
  3. 19 days ago
    These are my great great great etc grandmothers read more

Find a Story in the Top of the South

Search content aggregated by Digital New Zealand

Note: Results displayed in new window