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..

Story of the Day Tuesday 30 August 2016


Daffodil Day

The crowning of the Daffodil Queen, the highlight of Daffodil Day, was a colourful fundraiser for World War One troops.

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Recently Added Stories

  1. Cyril Spear's Words of War
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  3. Trathens Store

Recently Added Comments

  1. 4 days ago
    Please be aware that this article has been posted on a Facebook page named Kiwi... read more
  2. 6 days ago
    The Richmond Oral History Project transcripts on Kete Tasman contain many stories about early industry... read more
  3. 6 days ago
    Further to the comments by C Peter Ostenfeld, and to clarify - there were two... read more

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