Teriʻimaevarua III
Queen of Bora Bora
Reign12 February 1873 – 21 September 1895
PredecessorTeriimaevarua II
SuccessorFrench Third Republic
Born(1871-05-28)28 May 1871
Died19 November 1932(1932-11-19) (aged 61)
Papeete, Tahiti
SpouseHinoi Pōmare
IssueRehurehu Tuheiava (adoptive)
Itia Tuheiava (adoptive)
Ariʻi ʻOtare Teriʻimaevarua III
HouseHouse of Pōmare
FatherTamatoa V
MotherMoe a Maʻi

Ari'i-ʻOtare Teriʻi-maeva-rua III Pomare (28 May 1871 – 19 November 1932) was the last Queen of the Tahitian island of Bora Bora from 1873 to 1895.[1]

The second daughter of Prince Tamatoa-a-tu (Tamatoa V), King of Raʻiātea and Tahaʻa and Princess Moe-a-Mai, Ariʻi-ʻOtare became the Queen of Bora Bora on the death of her aunt Princess Teriimaevarua II, Queen of Bora Bora.[2] She married Prince Teri'i Hinoi-a-tua Pomare, chief of Hitia'a in Bora Bora on 9 January 1884 and was divorced in 1887. Ari'i-'Otare produced no children of her own. She adopted her two younger step daughters; Princess Rehu-rehu Tuheiava and Princess Itia Tuheiava.[citation needed] She also adopted and raised her biological nephew Moeterauri "Bimbo" Tetua who was born September 14, 1916.

Bora Bora was annexed by the French on 17 April 1888,[3] but royal power remained in effect until 1895, when Teriimaevarua III was replaced by a French vice-resident.[4]: 211  She remained the head of the royal house of Bora Bora until her death.[5]


See also


  1. ^ P.Y. Toullelan, Tahiti et ses archipels, Karthala 2000.
  2. ^ "South Sea Isle Loses Its Queen". Perth Mirror. 4 February 1933. p. 14. Retrieved 21 October 2022 – via National Library of Australia.
  3. ^ "FRENCH ANNEXATION IN THE PACIFIC". Lyttelton Times. 16 May 1888. p. 5. Retrieved 12 August 2023 – via Papers Past.
  4. ^ Newbury, Colin W. (1980). Tahiti Nui: Change and Survival in French Polynesia, 1767–1945. Honolulu: University Press of Hawaii. hdl:10125/62908. ISBN 978-0-8248-8032-3. OCLC 1053883377. Retrieved 12 August 2023.
  5. ^ "Queen Teriimaevarua II. Death In Tahiti". Pacific Islands Monthly. Vol. III, no. 6. 25 January 1933. p. 20. Retrieved 21 October 2022 – via National Library of Australia.
Regnal titles Preceded byTeriimaevarua II Queen of Bora Bora 1873–1895 Succeeded byFrench Third Republic