Stories about the way people have lived in the top of the South: stories about iwi and the land, colonial settlement, governance, different communities, education, housing, health and more.

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  1. Women Decision-Makers Nelson and Tasman 1944-2018
    A record of the women who have been elected to local government in the Nelson and Tasman region to 2018, and an acknowledgment of the contribution the... read more
  2. The Beginnings of Library Services in Golden Bay / Mohua
    Golden Bay has a number of public libraries, both government and community funded. read more
  3. Ben Crisp and the Band of Hope
    Ben Crisp was a reformed drunkard who took an abstinence pledge in 1843, inspired by the sermons of teetotaller and Temperance Society leader Alfred S... read more
  4. Spring Grove School
    The first schools in Brightwater including Spring Grove and River Terrace Schools. The use of goats to move the school building from Nelson to Spring ... read more
  5. Brightwater's School for Girls - 1880-1889
    A new school for girls and junior boys was established in Brightwater in 1880. read more
  6. Brightwater's School for Boys - 1888-1889
    Brightwater School was originally established for boys in 1888 and in 1889 enrolled it's first female pupils. Today's Brightwater School is still on t... read more
  7. Brightwater Tuna
    Brightwater's Wairoa River was an important source of tuna, or eels, for local Iwi, but European settlers saw eels as a threat to the newly introduced... read more
  8. Te Tau Ihu and astronomy
    The Nelson region has had some interesting and significant connections with astronomy - from the era of Kupe, to the Black Birch observatory. The Nels... read more
  9. Nelson City Council - the origins
    Nelson City Council was established on 30 March 1874. Tāhunanui was amalgamated into the City in 1950, Stoke, Enner Glynn, Wakatu, Annesbrook and Mona... read more
  10. Tasman Education Timeline
    Education has always been important to the communities of the Tasman District. This timeline shows the dates that many of Tasman's schools were establ... read more