Pōmare III

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Pōmare III
Pomare III or Prince Ariiaue, La Famille Royale de Tahiti, Te Papa Tongarewa.png
Pōmare III, drawing from montage by Madame Sophia Hoare, 1885.
King of Tahiti
Reign 7 December 1821 – 8 January 1827
Coronation 21 April 1824
Predecessor Pōmare II
Successor Pōmare IV
Regent Teriʻitoʻoterai Tere-moe-moe
Teriʻitariʻa Ariʻipaea Vahine
five principal chiefs of Tahiti
Born (1820-06-25)25 June 1820
Military Hospital, Papofai
Died 8 January 1827(1827-01-08) (aged 6)
Papetoai, Moʻorea
Burial Pōmare Royal Cemetery, Papaʻoa, ʻArue
Full name
Teriʻitariʻa Pōmare III
House House of Pōmare
Father Pōmare II
Mother Teriʻitoʻoterai Tere-moe-moe
Religion Reformed

Pōmare III (1820–1827), more properly Teriʻitariʻa Pōmare III, was the king of Tahiti between 1821 and 1827. He was the second son of King Pōmare II and his second wife, Queen Teriʻitoʻoterai Tere-moe-moe. Sources differ on his relation to his sister with missionary sources citing them as half-siblings while later sources cited Tere-moe-moe as both of their mother.


He was born at Papofai, on 25 June 1820, as Teriʻitariʻa, and was baptised 10 September 1820. He succeeded to the throne on the death of his father 7 December 1821. He was crowned at Papaʻoa, ʻArue, 21 April 1824.[1]

He ruled under the regency of his mother Queen Teriʻitoʻoterai Tere-moe-moe, his aunt and stepmother Teriʻitariʻa Ariʻipaeavahine, and the five principal chiefs of Tahiti due to his minority.

Pōmare III's education took place at the South Sea Academy, Papetoai, Moʻorea. He reigned under a council of Regency until his death 8 January 1827 from dysentery.

He was succeeded by his full sister, ʻAimata Pōmare IV Vahine-o-Punuateraʻitua, who reigned 1827–1877.[2]



Regnal titles
Preceded by
Pōmare II
King of Tahiti
Succeeded by
Pōmare IV