|Rohe (region) Gisborne|
|Waka (canoe) No known waka (Te Ika Nui/Roa o Rauru, captained by Maia of Mangaia descendant Whakatungau married a descendant of Puhinga, who was Ihingarau They, Ihingarau= Whakatungau had Marutaiaroa who became the putahitanga of the two Nga Ariki Lines (Nga Moteatea, Waiata a Mumura)|
Ngā Ariki Kaipūtahi, Ngāriki Kaiputahi or Te Iwi o Ngā Ariki Kaipūtahi is a Māori iwi (tribe) in the Mangatu area of Gisborne District, New Zealand. Its present-day members are all descended from Rawiri Tamanui. Its rohe (tribal areas) include the Mangatu, Manukawhitikitiki, Whatatutu and Mangaotane Blocks. Its rohe also includes the Te Rata, Mangaotane, Waipaoa and the Mangatu rivers and tributaries, the Raukumara Ranges, the Arowhana mountain, and the Motu River on the boundaries of Mangaotane.
In its contemporary form, Te Iwi o Ngā Ariki Kaipūtahi consist of 51 whanau (family groups) organized around a central tribal government made up of three branches: Kahui Ariki (judicial), Kahui Rangatira (legislative), and Taua (executive), as established by a constitution on 29 January 2006.
The mihi (introduction) for the iwi is:
Ko Maungahaumia te maunga,
Ko Mangatu te awa,
Ko Rawiri Tamanui te tangata,
Ko Mangatu te marae,
Ko Te Ngawari te whare,
Ko Ngā Ariki Kaipūtahi te Iwi.
The mountain is Maungahaumia,
The river is Mangatu,
The people are Rawiri Tamanui,
The marae is Mangatu,
The (meeting) house is Te Ngawari,
The iwi is Ngā Ariki Kaipūtahi.
Ngā Ariki Kaipūtahi is a sovereign tribe with its own lands, laws, traditions and form of government centered on an ancient pattern of Ariki (High Born) and Rangatira (leaders) of chiefly lineage. The origins of Ngā Ariki Kaipūtahi people claim a literal descent from the four Ariki (Lords) of the Heavens: Ariki, Ariki Nui, Ariki Roa, and Ariki Tawhito. Then when the Ariki descended to earth the lineage continued down through the children of the Ariki who are the earliest inhabitants of Aotearoa, pre-dating by some 500 years the contemporary concept of 'Te Māori', the Maori people, as connected to the major waka migrations of the "Great Fleet".
While there have been a few tribes descended from or recognizing the Ariki tradition, including Nga Ariki (of Ngati Apa), Ngariki Rotoawe (Turanga - no longer existent), Ngariki Po (Turanga - no longer existent), Ngā Ariki Kaipūtahi are one of remaining active tribes that holds its Mana Motuhake (authority) as direct descendents from these original peoples of Aotearoa called by various names 'Te Ariki', 'Moriori', 'Panenehu', and 'Turehu'. The Mana Motuhaka is defined in its parts as: Mana Atua (Authority from the Gods) through the four Ariki; Mana Tupuna - an unbroken line of Ariki and Rangatira to the present day generation; Mana Whenua - undisturbed possession of the Mangatu lands for over 700 years; Mana Tangata - the present day tribal sovereign government.
Ngā Ariki Kaiputahi Whānau Trust is recognised as an iwi authority for the purposes of the Resource Management Act, and represents Ngā Ariki Kaiputahi hapu in the resource consent process. It is a whānau trust, governed by seven trustees representing six tupuna. As of 2016, the chairperson is Owen Lloyd and the trust is based at Te Karaka.
The iwi has interests in the territory of Gisborne District Council.