The Prow is a collaborative venture between the Nelson City, Tasman and Marlborough District Libraries, Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology, and The Nelson Provincial Museum.

The project is led by the Nelson Public Libraries and funded by the Government’s Digital Strategy Community Partnership Fund and the participating organisations.

Project Partners

Nelson City Library –
Tasman District Library -
Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology -
Nelson Provincial Museum -
Marlborough District Library -

Project Team

Ian Littleworth - Manager, Nelson Public Libraries (Project Sponsor)
Nicola Harwood - Team Leader Information Services, Nelson Public Library (Project Manager)
Susan Price - Information Services Librarian, Nelson Public Library
Cathy Vaughan - Information Services Librarian, Tasman District Library
Lisa Oldam - Manager, Tasman District Library
Dawn Smith – local history researcher
Chris Keyse - Manager, Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology Library
Glenn Webster  - Manager, Marlborough District Library
Cliff Riordan – The Nelson Provincial Museum

Writers/ Researchers

Hilary and John Mitchell are authors of the acclaimed three volume work: Te tau ihu o te waka: a history of Māori of Nelson and Marlborough. Hilary has been a secondary school teacher, Nelson City Councillor, NMIT Councillor and trustee of Tasman Bays Heritage Trust. John (Ngati Tama, Te Atiawa, Taranaki Tuturu, Ngati Toarangatira and Ngati Kinohaku) is tangata whenua of Mohua (Golden Bay). He has lectured in psychology at the University of Canterbury and has represented Maori interests on a number of other national bodies. He is currently engaged with the Te Tau Ihu treaty settlement process.

Karen Stade is a Nelson journalist/writer with 25 years’ experience working in newspapers, radio, journalism training and freelance writing. Since 2003 she has worked as a local history writer  and produced three school histories – Nelson Central (2003), Richmond Primary (2006), Tahunanui School (2007-2008), as well as a 50th anniversary history of a community group. Karen also works with the Nelson Provinicial Museum and writes a weekly column, ‘Fifty Years Ago’, for the Nelson Mail. She is currently studying towards a BA (History) through Massey University, focusing on medieval and New Zealand history.

Joy Stephens has lived in Marlborough and Nelson for nearly twenty years and, as a journalist, has written many articles about both regions. She became involved in historical writing as one of the researchers for the development of the new Nelson Provincial Museum facility - TA445 - in 2005,  and has since written historical features for local publications. As well as writing for the Prow, she has been involved in marketing the website. She runs her own business - WordPower Communications, Nelson.

The compilation of bibliographies, additional research and editing has been done by library staff (most notably Cathy Vaughan, Susan Price, Nicola Harwood and Louise Gribbon). Dawn Smith of the Nelson Historical Society has edited many of the stories.

Other contributing institutions

Golden Bay Museum
Commercial Street, Takaka, 03 525 6268

Marlborough Museum
Brayshaw Park, Blenheim, 03 578 1712

Motueka Museum
140 High St Motueka, 03-528 7660

Picton Historical Society
London Quay, Picton,

The technical development of website is a joint venture between @ web one and Signetix Ltd of Nelson. The site has been created using Silverstripe CMS, which is an open source framework, developed in Wellington, New Zealand.