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Creativity with the Atua Wāhine (Whangarei)

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You Have Something You Want To Create

The question comes up again and again: How can I bring to life this creative project while juggling with the demands of motherhood and everyday living?

Now more than ever, the atua wāhine can provide inspiration and guidance, through their narratives.

In this workshop you will:
- Learn tangible creative processes to assist you to tap into the atua wāhine for creativity
- Explore the characteristics, attributes and narratives of some of the atua wāhine in relation to the cycle of creativity
- Meet other like-minded wāhine

As part of this, Ataria will kōrero about her creative process of drafting the 50,000-word children's fiction manuscript "Hine and Hineteiwaiwa", which was accepted into the Te Papa Tupu programme 2018 (Māori Literature Trust & Huia Publishers).

This is a one and a half hour workshop. Herbal tea and snacks are included. For wāhine Māori only. Limited to four spaces per workshop.


Ataria Rangipikitia Sharman (Ngāpuhi) is the creator of www.awawahine.com, a digital and sometimes physical pop-up space for wāhine to share their writing - unfiltered. She is an event curator for Verb Wellington 2019 and her manuscript for young adults fiction novel 'Hine and Hineteiwaiwa' was selected to take part in Te Papa Tupu 2018; a program for selected Maori writers facilitated by Huia Publishers and the Maori Literature Trust. Earlier on this year, Ataria handed in her Masters of Arts in Māori Studies thesis titled 'Mana Wahine and the Characteristics of our Atua Wāhine.' This is currently under examination. She is based in Whangarei, Te Tai Tokerau.