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 07 October 2015

Stoke St Barnabas Church

Settlement in Stoke

Stoke was first known as “Brook Green” but renamed by William Songer, who arrived in Nelson in 1841 as Captain Wakefield’s personal attendant.

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Recently Added Stories

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  2. Early Nelson College
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Recently Added Comments

  1. 15 days ago
    For information ..Harriet Humphries has the correct spelling of Humphreys a common mistake often found... read more
  2. 19 days ago
    Thank you Ms Biard, I would love to visit Jacobsen Cottage". Isaac was... read more
  3. 1 month ago
    Morena, I've just found your site. Nicely laid out, sources identified (thanks!), and great content.... read more

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