After graduating from Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School, Anapela travelled overseas to pursue her acting career. She spent her time in the United Kingdom performing Makerita Urale’s Frangipani Perfume, directed by Rachel House. In 2004, she travelled to New York with Island Divas to perform at Paradise Now?, an exhibition of New Zealand and Pacific Islands contemporary art. Anapela played the role of the formidable Mrs Lima in TVNZ’s The Market. She is also a founding member of Triangle Television’s Kila Kokonut Krew’s Ktv – a South Auckland theatre, television and music production house based in Anapela’s family back yard. Anapela's ATC credits include Where We Once Belonged and My Name Is Gary Cooper. Recently, she has featured in TV series' Filthy Rich and Pani & Pani, web series Baby Mama's Club and directed Silo Theatre's Wild Dogs Under My Skirt.