Anaru is of Te Ati Awa, Ngati Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki and Rongowhakaata descent. His links to Te Ati Awa are through his father, Kingi Winiata Smiler, and his grandmother, Margaret Wikitoria Smiler (nee Black). Anaru lives in Taupō with his wife and two children.
Anaru has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Victoria University in Wellington and currently works as Chairman of Wairarapa Moana Trust. He has over 14 years’ experience working within the policy and regulatory environments in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom, and is actively involved in managing a number of Māori economic development initiatives.
Anaru is also the Co-Chairman of the Pipitea Marae Charitable Trust. He has a passion for Māori economic development and well-being and appreciates the huge shoes he must fill to continue his whānau legacy!