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Ōwheo was commissioned by The University of Otago for this concert, using a text specially written for the occasion by Sue Wootton. Ōwheo (the Water of Leith) is a defining feature of the university landscape. Its Māori name (‘Place of Wheo’) recalls Wheo, a chief whose home was near the river’s mouth. Physically, the river originates high above the city near the Leith Saddle. It flows down the Leith Valley to Woodhaugh, and skirts the Botanic Gardens before wending through the campus, finally meeting the harbour basin just south of Logan Park. On its journey it collects many tributary streams and creeks. Like all rivers, including the river of knowledge, Ōwheo is simultaneously always both new and old, both singular and a complex blend of influences. It’s a continuous happening that even as it tumbles forward is shaped by where it’s been. Ōwheo honours the importance of past-within-present and, symbolically, celebrates an ecology of wisdom.
Commissioned by the University of Otago
Dedicated to the University of Otago
Text by Sue Wootton