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 21 December 2014


The voyage of the SS Lyttelton

The rusting remains of the boiler of the SS Lyttelton remain off the Nelson waterfront, a testament to its survival of possibly the longest ever voyage from London to NZ in 1859.

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Recently Added Stories

  1. Sydney Grey Davis
  2. Jack Rawson at Gallipoli
  3. Dick Roberts

Recently Added Comments

  1. 1 day ago
    She has demolition fences around her. Her starboard prow is splitting from the keel. She... read more
  2. 1 day ago
    She now has demolition fences around her. The prow has split from the keel on... read more
  3. 20 days ago
    I went to Renwick Kindy in the 80s then onto Central School. I remember also... read more

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