Anaru Smiler

Chairman

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, Margret Wikitoria Smiler (nee Black).  Anaru lives in Wellington with his wife and two children.

Anaru has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Victoria University in Wellington and currently works as the Chief Operating Officer at the Federation of Maori Authorities (FOMA).  He has over 14 years’ experience working within the policy & regulatory environments in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom, and is actively involved in managing a number of Maori economic development initiatives.

Anaru is also the Co-Chairman of the Pipitea Marae Charitable Trust and Deputy Chairman of the Wairarapa Moana Trust.  He has a passion for Maori economic development and well-being and appreciates the huge shoes he must fill to continue his whanau legacy!

Director and Trustee Roles:
  • CCDHB Māori Partnership Board (interim)
  • Hīkoikoi Management LimitedDirector
  • Pipitea Marae Charitable Trust, Co-Chairman
  • Te Puni Kōkiri, Employee
  • Village At The Park Care Limited, Director
  • Village At The Park Lifecare Limited, Director
  • Village At The Park Limited, Director
  • Wairarapa Moana Trust, Deputy Chairman
  • Wellington Tenths Trust, Chairman
  • Wellington Tenths Trust Assurance and Risk Committee, Ex-Officio Tenths
  • Wellington Tenths Trust Corporate Trustee Limited, Director
  • Wellington Tenths Lambton Quay Limited, Director