Tamatoa VI
King of Raiatea and Tahaa
King of Ra'iatea and Taha'a
Reign22 January 1885 – 18 March 1888
Coronation22 January 1885
SuccessorMonarchy abolished in 1888 for French Third Republic
Tuarii (rebel government)
Born7 June 1853
Tefarerii, Huahine
Died(1905-09-15)September 15, 1905
(aged 51-52)
Fare, Huahine
Fare, Huahine
SpouseThe Hon. Chiefess Tetuanuimarama a Atitioroi
IssueHereditary Prince Tamatoa Teururai
Prince Opuhara Pehupehu Teururai
Princess Tevahinehaamoetua Teururai
Prince Mahinetaaroaarii Tevaearai Teururai
Princess Teriivanaaiterai Teururai
Prince Ioata, Ariimate, Teururai of Huahine
HouseHouse of Teurura'i
FatherKing Teururai, Ariimate of Huahine
MotherQueen Tehaapapa II of Huahine

Prince Ariimate Teururai, later known as King Tamatoa VI (7 June 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.


Tamatoa VI was born as Ioata Ariimate Teururai a Teururai and died as Teururai Teuhe a Teururai. He was the last King of Ra'iatea and Taha'a. He was the second son of King Teururai, Ariimate of Huahine. His mother, Princess Tehaapapa Maerehia of Raiatea, was the only living child of King Tamatoa IV of Raiatea. She became Queen regnant of Huahine under the regnal name of Tehaʻapapa II in july 8th 1868 after her husband was deposed by the chiefs in the night of july 7th 1868.[1]

Heir to the Raiatea and Tahaa kingdom

He was installed as king of Raiatea and Tahaa in 1884. His coronation took place on January 22, 1885. He took the regnal name Tamatoa VI.[2]

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 the ditrict of Tefareriʻi in the name of Ioata, the same year that his niece Queen Tehaʻapapa III abdicated.

Marriage and children

He married Tetuanuimarama a Atitioroi (daughter of Atitioroi a Ori, of the Tati family of Papara) and had three sons and three daughters:

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.


See also


Regnal titles Preceded byTehauroa King of Raiatea 1885–1888 Succeeded byFrench Third RepublicTuarii (rebel government)