The Prow is a living heritage resource, which aims to develop interest in and knowledge about the Top of the South.  We aim to work with teachers to develop resources and information to support research and learning using the Prow.

Resources for teachers - Aotearoa New Zealand Histories

From 2023, Te Takanga o Te Wā and Aotearoa New Zealand’s histories will be part of all kura and schools’ marau ā-kura and local curriculum. 

  • Lesson plans and presentations
  • Curriculum guide and resources (by school year group)
    To support the focus on the histories of our region and community, Hilary and John Mitchell have suggested a range of relevant topics and resources, as a proposed curriculum across the school Year groups. Hilary and the late John Mitchell are authors of the four-volume Te Tau Ihu o Te Waka" series, which charts the history of Māori of Te Tau Ihu.
  • Stories of Whakatū - stories written by Maui John and Hilary Mitchell  to support the creation of information panels on sites of significance for Māori, around Whakatū/Nelson and a useful source of information for teachers in their exploration of local and Māori history for the new curriculum.
  • Aotearoa New Zealand Histories Curriculum guide years 9 & 10

    Produced by Rebecca Baird, HOLA Social Science/ HOD History at Nelson College for Girls. The guide is geared towards a secondary context and the implemenation of the curriculum in schools in Te Tau Ihu. It has been developed for years 9 and 10, to assist students who may not have had much exposure to the new curriculum to gain the foundational learning they will need to successfully engage with the curriculum through their remaining secondary years. 

Local research resources and organisations

Use these resources to assist you with your own local research.


for more see Nelson Public Libraries list of heritage resources online