Hiria Anderson was born and raised within the Waipa/King Country and belongs to the Ngāti Maniapoto tribe. Anderson’s paintings reflect the lives of the people that live within these boundaries. She takes pleasure in the experience of being a Māori painter in the 21st century, given that the history of Māori narratives in any medium being often presented by others. Anderson’s paintings might describe multiculturalism, assimilation, and presence as well as obscurity. Her work does not conform to traditional or romantic versions of us but searches for a modern day truth.