Ataria Rangipikitia Sharman is the editor of online magazine Awa Wahine. Awa Wahine was conceived, when Ataria realised that there was nowhere for her writing to be published because it touched upon themes of Māori identity, mana wahine, menstruation, sex and contraception. She is an avid reader and writer and her manuscript for a children's fiction novel was selected to take part in Te Papa Tupu 2018 - a programme for selected Maori writers facilitated by Huia Publishers and the Maori Literature Trust. Earlier this year, Ataria completed her Master of Arts in Māori Studies at Victoria University of Wellington. Her thesis was titled "Mana Wahine and the Characteristics of our Atua Wāhine".