Tamatoa VI

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Tamatoa VI
King of Raiatea and Tahaa
Tamatoa VI, 1880.jpg
King of Ra'iatea and Taha'a
Reign 25 January 1885 – 18 March 1888
Coronation 22 January 1885
Predecessor Tehauroa
Successor Monarchy abolished in 1888 for French Third Republic
Born 1853
Téfareri'i, Huahine
Died September 15, 1905(1905-09-15)
(aged 51-52)
Téfareri'i, Huahine
Burial Téfareri'i, Huahine
Spouse The Hon. Chiefess Tétuanuimarama Tati
Issue Hereditary Prince Tamatoa of Ra'iatea
Prince Opuhara Teururai
Princess Tévahiné Teururai
Prince Mahiné Teururai
Princess Téri'imanaiterai Teururai
Full name
Prince Ari'i-ma-té Té-u-ru-ra-i of Huahine
House House of Teurura'i
Father King Ariimate Teururai of Huahine
Mother Queen Teha'apapa II of Huahine

Prince Ari'imate Teururai later known as King Tamatoa VI (1853 – 15 September 1905), was a member of a Tahitian royal family, the House of Teururai which reigned on the Tahitian island of Huahiné and Maia'o during the 19th century.

He was installed as king of Ra'iatea and Taha'a in 1884, but was deposed in 1888.


Prince Ariimate Teururai was born at Huahine in 1853. He was the last King of Ra'iatea and Taha'a. He was the second son of King Ari'imate of Huahine. His mother, Princess Maerehia Tehaapapa of Raiatea, was the only living child of King Tamatoa IV of Ra'iatea. She became Queen regnant of Huahine under the regnal name of Tehaʻapapa II after her husband was deposed in 1868.

Heir to the Raiatea and Tahaa kingdom[edit]

He was installed as king of Ra'iatea and Taha'a in 1884. His coronation took place on January 22, 1885. He took the regnal name Tamatoa VI.

His reign ended when the French annexed the two islands of Ra'iatea and Taha'a on March 16, 1888.

After his abdication, he returned to his natal island where he was later proclaimed chief of Tefareriʻi in Huahine island on 1895, the same year that his niece Queen Tehaʻapapa III was deposed.

Marriage and children[edit]

The Royal Family at Avera

He married Tetua-nui Ha'amarurai a Tati (daughter of Tamatoa Atiti-Oroi, of the Tati family of Papara) and had three sons and three daughters:

  • Crown Prince Tamatoa of Raiatea and Taha'a.
  • Prince Opuhara Pehupehu Teururai.
  • Princess Tevahineha'amo'eatua Teururai.
  • Princess Teri'imanaiterai Teururai.
  • Prince Mahine Ta'aroari'i Teururai.
  • Prince Tefauvero Teururai.

Their children remain the pretenders to the royal family of Raiatea and Taha'a since the end of the monarchy on this island.

He died at Huahine in 1905.

Titles, styles, honours and arms[edit]

  • 1853 - 14 April 1874 His Highness Prince Ari'imate.
  • 14 April 1874 - 1881 His Highness Prince Ari'imate, Minister of Huahine and Maia'o.
  • 1881 - 22 January 1885 His Highness The Crown Prince of Raiatea and Taha'a.
  • 22 January 1885 - 18 March 1888 His Majesty The King of Raiatea and Taha'a.
  • 18 March 1888 - 15 September 1905 His Majesty King Ari'imate Tamatoa VI Teururai.


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Regnal titles
Preceded by
King of Raiatea
Succeeded by
French Third Republic