List of monarchs of Tahiti

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This is a list of monarchs of Tahiti, during the Pōmare Dynasty. They carried the title Ari'i rahi.

Monarchs of Tahiti[edit]

# Picture Name
Reign Start Reign End Notes
1 John Webber's oil painting of Otoo, 1777 (restored, sq).jpg Vai ra'a toa Taina Pōmare I
1788 3 September 1803 De facto paramount ruler from 1768, first as ari'i, then from 1774 as regent for Pōmare II
2 Pomare II, engraving by R. Hicks.jpg Pōmare II
3 September 1803 22 December 1808 First reign, succeeded Pōmare I at birth in 1774 as ari'i, exiled to Moʻorea in 1808
Vacant (22 December 1808 – 15 November 1815)
(2) Pomare II, engraving by R. Hicks.jpg Pōmare II
15 November 1815 7 December 1821 Second reign, reclaimed throne after the Battle of Te Feipi
3 Pomare III or Prince Ariiaue.jpg Teriʻi tariʻa Pōmare III
7 December 1821 8 January 1827 Son of Pōmare II
Council of Regency 7 December 1821 8 January 1827 Regents for Pōmare III (per Pōmare II's request):
Queen Teriʻitoʻoterai Teremoemoe
Queen Teriitaria Ariʻipaeavahine
Five of the principal chiefs of Tahiti
4 Queen Pomare.jpg 'Aimata Pōmare IV Vahine
11 January 1827 17 September 1877 Female; Daughter of Pōmare II. Longest reigning ruler of Tahiti, ruled under French protectorate from 9 September 1842
5 Pomare V.jpg Ari'i aue Pōmare V
17 September 1877 30 December 1880 Son of Pōmare IV. Last King of Tahiti, France annexed Tahiti and its dependencies on 29 June 1880

Family tree[edit]

Main article: Pōmare Dynasty

Current status[edit]

As of February 2009, Tauatomo Mairau claims to be the heir to the Tahitian throne, and has attempted to re-assert the status of the monarchy in court. His claims are not recognized by France.[1][2] On 28 May 2009, Joinville Pōmare, an adopted member of the Pōmare family, declared himself King Pōmare XI, during a ceremony attended by descendants of leading chiefs but spurned by members of his own family. Other members of the family recognise his uncle, Léopold Pōmare, as heir to the throne.[3][4]

As of 2010, he has been recognized as the heir to the throne and bears the title Prince Marau of Tahiti. He is working to have royal trust lands returned to him and his family. The French government mortgaged the land after World War II, and in doing so violated the terms of the agreement signed with Pomare V in 1880 which reserved control of the trust lands for the royal family of Tahiti. The banks may be in the process of freezing the assets, and Mairau is suing to prevent native Tahitians from being evicted from his trust lands, and wishes for them to retain their usage rights over the land.[5][6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Tahitian royal forms government". Radio New Zealand International. 22 January 2006. Retrieved 15 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "Tahitian land activist claims France disregards 19th century treaties". Radio New Zealand International. 3 February 2009. Retrieved 15 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "Joinville Pomare s'est fait introniser roi Pomare XI", Tahitipresse, 28 May 2009
  4. ^ "Joinville, l’homme qui voulait être roi... ", La Dépèche de Tahiti, 29 May 2009
  5. ^ "King’ Mairau forges links between Tahiti and Cooks". King’ Mairau forges links between Tahiti and Cooks. 17 March 2010. Retrieved 9 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "New republic of Hau Pakumotu is the world's newest country". New republic of Hau Pakumotu is the world's newest country. Retrieved 5 September 2011. 

External links[edit]

  • Ben Cahoon (2000). "French Polynesia". Retrieved 25 February 2012.