10 Oct 2021

Ataria Sharman draws on Maori culture for a fantasy novel

From Standing Room Only, 2:48 pm on 10 October 2021
Ataria Sharman

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Ataria Sharman knows how tough it is to make a living as a writer. 

The essayist, poet, social entrepreneur and editor at The Pantograph Punch is constantly looking for new ways to encourage Māori - particularly wahine Māori -  to publish their work. 

In 2018, Ataria set up the social enterprise Awa Wahine.  It offers a platform to tautoko (support) wahine Māori in their creativie and entrepreneurial endeavours.

Now Ataria is turning her attention to the next generation, publishing a fantasy book for young readers that's filled with Māori characters and culture.

Hine and the Tohunga Portal leads the two tamariki Māori main characters, Hine and Hōhepa, into a world where moa and giant eagles still roam the forests but it's under threat from an evil sorcerer.

Hine and the Tohunga Portal by Ataria Sharman is published by Huia.