Anaru’s links to Te Ātiawa are through his father, Kingi Winiata Smiler, and his grandmother, Margaret Wikitoria Smiler (nee Black). Anaru lives in Taupō with his wife and three children.
Anaru has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Victoria University in Wellington and is currently Group General Manager of Wairarapa Moana Incorporation, one of the largest land owning and dairy operations in the country.
With 20 years experience working in the public and private sectors in both Aotearoa and United Kingdom Anaru is actively involved in managing a number of Māori economic development initiatives.
Anaru has a passion for Māori economic development and well-being and appreciates the huge shoes he must fill to continue his whānau legacy!