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 Sunday 05 July 2015


Lily Robertson and the Lighthouse

Lily Robertson, 1878-1956, grew up with her family, living in Nelson's iconic lighthouse on the Boulder Bank

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Recently Added Stories

  1. Life in Linkwater
  2. Thomas and Sarah Roil
  3. Trooper Leonard Tarrant and his Memorial

Recently Added Comments

  1. 13 days ago
    Hi there
    I am a descendant of Gerald Gordon Everett (he was my Grandfather), and as... read more
  2. 13 days ago
    Hey:) The skating rink in Nelson is awesome. There is learn to skate training on... read more
  3. 22 days ago
    The writer appears to be overlooking the STAR RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB (my father pushed the... read more

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