Ataria Sharman (Ngāpuhi, Tapuika) is a writer of essays, poetry and articles. She is the Editor at The Pantograph Punch and creator of Awa Wahine. Ataria has a Master of Arts in Māori Studies and spent a year researching mana wahine and atua wāhine as well as interviewing Māori women about their experiences with atua wāhine. The manuscript for her children's fiction novel Hine and the Tohunga Portal was one of five selected for Te Papa Tupu in 2018. She has self-published a collection of writings by wāhine Māori on the atua wāhine.