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Teriʻimaevarua II
Queen of Bora Bora
Reign3 July, 1860 – 12 February, 1873
Coronation30 July, 1860
PredecessorTapoa II
SuccessorTeriimaevarua III
Born(1841-05-23)May 23, 1841
Kingdom of Raiatea
DiedFebruary 12, 1873(1873-02-12) (aged 31)
Kingdom of Bora Bora
SpouseTemauiariʻi a Maʻi (m. 1866)
IssueTeriimaevarua III (adoptive)
Maevarua Pōmare
HouseHouse of Pōmare
FatherAriʻifaʻaite a Hiro
MotherPōmare IV

Teri'i-maeva-rua II (born Princess Maevarua Pōmare; 23 May, 1841 – 12 February, 1873) was the Queen of Bora Bora from 1860 until her death in 1873.

Teri'i-maeva-rua II belonged to the Pōmare dynasty, the royal family of Tahiti, as the daughter of Queen Pōmare IV of Tahiti. Teri'i-maeva-rua was adopted by the childless king of Bora Bora. She received the title of Crown Princess, on the condition she renounce her rights to the Crown of Tahiti.

In 1850, Teri'i-maeva-rua II left Tahiti to join her future kingdom. She succeeded to the throne, following her adoptive father’s death.

Teri'i-maeva-rua II died on 12 February,1873. She was succeeded by Teriimaevarua III, who reigned from 1873 to 19 March, 1888.[1]

Tahitian princess

Maevarua Pōmare was born on 23 May, 1841 on the island of Raiatea. She was the eldest daughter and fifth child of Queen Pōmare IV of Tahiti and her second husband Prince Consort Ariʻifaʻaite. She was one of ten children, though not all lived to adulthood. Her only sister, Victoria Pōmare-vahine, died at the age of one.

Raised in Papeete with her brothers, she was barely a year old when Admiral Abel Aubert Du Petit-Thouars, commander of the French fleet in Oceania, annexed the Marquesas Islands and declared war on the Kingdom of Tahiti. After the French invaded in 1843, the family fled to Raiatea aboard the Carysfort to escape from the French colonial authorities and the violence of the war. The land had been provided for the family by Queen Pōmare's cousin, the reigning Raiatean King Tamatoa IV. The new lifestyle of the royal family in Opoa were much more impoverished in comparison to life in Papeete, and the family had to reside in a small cottage which was described as "a place little better than a barn."

The French were victorious, but they weren't able to annex the island due to diplomatic pressure from Great Britain, so Tahiti and Mo'orea continued to be ruled under the forcibly imposed French protectorate. A clause to the war settlement was that Queen Pōmare's allies in Huahine, Raiatea, and Bora Bora would be allowed to remain independent.

In 1847, she was six years old when her mother accepted the French protectorate and moved the family back to Tahiti. She ruled the kingdom under French administration until her death in 1877.

Heiress of Bora Bora

In December 1822 Queen Pōmare had married King Tapoa II of Taha'a. The marriage remained childless and ended with the Queen repudiating it on the ground that Tapoa was sterile. On 5 December 1832, Pōmare was married again, this time to her first cousin, Tenaniʻa Ariʻifaʻaite a Hiro, Maevarua’s father. Tapoa II settled in Bora Bora and became king at the request of the Ma'i and Tafaaora clans. He remained on good terms with his ex-wife.

In 1843, King Tapoa II, having no biological children, asked the Queen of Tahiti, his closest relative, to choose an heir from among her offspring. Privileging her sons for her own succession, Queen Pōmare offered her eldest daughter, Maevarua, as a potential heir to the Kingdom of Bora Bora.

The king accepted and Maevarua Pōmare received, at the age of four, the title of Crown Princess of Bora Bora. Consequently, she was obliged renounce her rights to the throne of Tahiti for herself and her descendants.

In 1850, she left the island of Tahiti to join her future kingdom. King Tapoa II, took care of completing her education by employing British tutors for the princess.

Queen of Bora Bora

On July 3 1860, after the death of King Tapoa II, she became Queen of Bora Bora. Besides Bora Bora, the kingdom encompassed the islands of Tupai, Maupiti, Maupihaa, Motu One, and Manuae. She ruled under the name Teri'i-maeva-rua II. Her coronation took place on July 30, 1860.

On 28 February 1866, she married Prince Temauriari'i, of the Ma'i princely family of Bora Bora. He was seven years her junior. Their union remained childless.

Teri'i-maeva-rua’s next brother, Tamatoa, had, much like herself, been adopted by the childless king of Raiatea, and ruled the kingdom until his deposition in 1871. She adopted his third daughter, Princess Ari'i-ʻOtare Pōmare, as her heir.

Death and aftermath

Teri'i-maeva-rua II died on 12 February, 1873, at the age of thirty-one. Her niece succeeded to the throne, taking the name Teri'i-maeva-rua III. The new queen was still only a child, so Prince Temauriari'i acted as regent until her majority.

Queen Teri'i-maeva-rua III’s reign saw the growing threat of imperialism.

The German Empire’s aims at colonial expansion, particularly in the Pacific, became a serious threat to the interests of the French Republic. This prompted France to declare the Leeward Islands under a provisional protectorate in 1880, in violation of the 1847 Jarnac Convention. In 1888, France and Britain agreed to abrogate their previous treaty and allow the French to annex the Leeward Islands.[2] Royal power remained in effect until Teri'i-maeva-rua III’s abdication in 1895.

Today, the island of Bora Bora is a part of French Polynesia.



  1. ^ "South Sea Isle Loses Its Queen". Perth Mirror. February 4, 1933. p. 14. Retrieved October 21, 2022 – via National Library of Australia.
  2. ^ "France in the Pacific: More Annexation". Sydney Evening News. November 1, 1895. p. 6. Retrieved October 21, 2022 – via National Library of Australia.
Regnal titles Preceded byTapoa II Queen of Bora Bora 1860–1873 Succeeded byTeriimaevarua III