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!