Eliza Bidois

Ngāti Awa, Te Arawa

Eliza Bidois was born in Rotorua and educated at McKillop College. She has participated in journalism courses at Waiariki Polytech and at TVNZ. Her stories for children have been broadcast on the National Radio Ears Programme. Bidois has written documentaries for Global Voice for Australian Broadcasting and has published work on Replay Radio and Australian ABC. She writes short stories, poetry, radio and film scripts, and short films. The script for her drama series won the drama prize at the Indigenous Song Festival in Canada.

Biographical sources

  • Phone conversation with Eliza Bidois, 13 Sept. 1998.


  • "The Rat." Te Ao Mārama: Contemporary Māori Writing for Children. Comp. and ed. Witi Ihimaera. Contributing ed. Haare Williams, Irihapeti Ramsden and D. S. Long. Vol. 4: Te Ara o Te Hau: The Path of the Wind. Auckland, N.Z.: Reed, 1994. 287-290.
  • A story of two boys’ encounter with a rat. This story was broadcast on Ears on National Radio in 1993.
  • Films/Video

  • Small Town Blues. Nga Puna drama series film, 1996. Dir. Don Selwyn.
  • Non-fiction

  • "Four New Voices." Mana: The Māori News Magazine for All New Zealanders 6 (1994): 56-58.
  • Eliza Bidois talks with four Māori writers whose work was screened for the Nga Puna drama series. The writers with whom she speaks are Waihoroi Shortland, Debra Reweti, Karen Sidney and Liebchen Tamahori.
  • Poetry

  • "The Mungo Lady." Te Pua 3.2 (1994): 21.
  • The poet writes of the "Mungo Lady" who is disturbed by the archaeologists in the Australian desert.