Ataria Rangipikitia Sharman (Ngāpuhi, Tapuika) is an editor, writer and researcher. She has written for E-Tangata and the Māori Literature Trust and her poetry has featured in IHO: A Collaborative Exhibition about Māori Hair. She is an event curator for this year's Verb Wellington Festival and her manuscript for young adults Hine and Hineteiwaiwa was selected for Te Papa Tupu 2018.
Earlier this year, Ataria handed in her MA in Māori Studies thesis – Mana Wahine and the Characteristics of our Atua Wāhine – under the guidance of Dr Awanui Te Huia. She is also the creator of Awa Wahine, a digital and sometimes physical pop-up space for wāhine to share their writing. Ataria grew up in Whanganui a Tara and is currently living in Whangarei, Te Tai Tokerau.