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Māori heritage The earliest human footprints across the Mahitahi floodplain, upon which Nelson City now sits, belong to the tangata whenua and manawhenua tribes of Whakatū. What is now Alton Street...Read more about "Alton Street"...
Nelson’s Early Churches
The first settlers to Nelson brought with them a variety of religious beliefs and backgrounds. The system of hierarchy and emphasis on religion in immigrants' homelands were important, and...Read more about "Nelson’s Early Churches"...
The hilltop overlooking Whakatü is known to Mäori as Piki mai, which translates as ‘climb hither'. Piki mai was a staging point for the pakohe[pakohe-argillite/] (argillite) industry, the nearest...Read more about "Piki mai "...
The Nelson Cottage Hospital
Early Nelson had no shortage of medical men, but providing medical buildings was much more difficult. The first hospital was a lean-to added to the side of the...Read more about "The Nelson Cottage Hospital"...
Nelson's Dress Circle
The streets around Brougham Street and Upper Collingwood Street are often known as Nelson's Dress Circle, due to their elevated position and the number of large old houses sited...Read more about "Nelson's Dress Circle"...