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

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Includes curriculum resources for teachers, Nelson Historical Journal, Nelson Photo News and more..

Story of the Day Wednesday 01 April 2015

Brian Neill and interviewers

Brian Neill

In 2014 Nelson Youth Council conducted a series of interviews for Heritage Week 2015. They spoke with people involved in areas of health and medicine. This is one of a number of stories which were displayed in Elma Turner Library.

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    While the book Felix Tanner a man of arcs .....has some facts correct there is... read more
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    Hello Margaret, I am Martha Morgan's great grand-daughter, she came to Tasmania with her sister... read more

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