Stories about significant, interesting or unusual events which have occurred in the top of the South Island of New Zealand.

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  1. The Collingwood fire of 1904
    Collingwood, once a booming gold town and, as Gibbstown, mooted as the nation's capital in the 1850's, was virtually destroyed by fire in 1904. read more
  2. Nelson and Tasman Floods
    The floods in Nelson and Tasman in December 2011 were devastating, causing the worst slips in decades. In 2018 Ex-Cyclone Fehi and Cyclone Gita caused... read more
  3. Pelorus Jack
    For nearly 25 years Pelorus Jack, a Risso's dolphin, met and escorted ships travelling between Wellington and Nelson across Admiralty Bay, north of Fr... read more
  4. Seddon Earthquakes of 2013
    The earthquakes of winter 2013 caused major damage in the small community of Seddon read more
  5. Plane crash at Tākaka
    Max Heath survived World War II as a fighter pilot, came home to Takaka and not long after, was killed in a plane crash read more
  6. Nelson ships and World War I
    Port Nelson, Nelson shipping and Nelson seamen, had a role to play during World War I. read more
  7. The Regulus and Port Kembla
    The Regulus made headlines in 1917 when she picked up the crew of the Port Kembla, which had struck a mine off Cape Farewell that had been laid by the... read more
  8. Marlborough women at war
    New Zealand nurses served in both World Wars, providing devoted care to the war sick and wounded and displaying great courage. read more
  9. Wreck of the City of Newcastle
    The City of Newcastle was wrecked near to the entrance of Tory Channel in 1872 read more
  10. Protecting Te Paruparu
    A large part of Nelson Haven might have been a place of sprawling ribbon development on reclaimed land at Wakapuaka, if a group of Nelson people hadn’... read more