Pōmare III

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Pōmare III
King of Tahiti
Pomare III or Prince Ariiaue.jpg
Pōmare III, drawing from montage by Madame Sarah Hoare, 1880.
Reign 7 December 1821 – 8 January 1827
Coronation 21 April 1824
Predecessor Pōmare II
Successor Pōmare IV
Regent Teriʻitariʻa Ariʻipaeavahine
Teriʻitoʻoterai Teremoemoe
five principal chiefs
Full name
Teriʻitariʻa Pōmare III
House House of Pōmare
Father Pōmare II
Mother Teriʻitoʻoterai Teremoemoe
Born (1820-06-25)25 June 1820
Papaʻoa, ʻArue
Died 8 January 1827(1827-01-08) (aged 6)
Papetoai, Moʻorea
Burial Pōmare Royal Cemetery, Papaʻoa, ʻArue
Religion Protestanism

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 wife Queen Teriʻitoʻoterai Teremoemoe. Sources differ on his relation to his sister with missionary sources citing them as half-siblings while later sources cited Teremoemoe as both of their mother.

He was born at Papaʻoa, ʻArue, 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 Teremoemoe, 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 sister, ʻAimata Pōmare IV Vahine-o-Punuateraʻitua, who reigned 1827–1877.


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