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Charles Haare Bidois (1856 - 1932)

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Charles Haare Bidois
Born in Te Puna, Western Bay of Plenty, New Zealandmap
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Died in Te Puna, Western Bay of Plenty, New Zealandmap
Profile last modified 19 Aug 2018 | Created 31 Jul 2018
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Charles was born on 17 December 1856. He was the son of Louis Bidois and Irihapeti Whakamomori Mereana Warneri (Kaumoana) Bidois.


Charles married Pauline [Porina] Faulkner, daughter of an early trader, John Lees Faulker (born 1812, died 8 Sept 1882). [1]


His obituary mentions 14 children, 3 of whom pre-deceased him.

Henry Bidois
Joseph John "Shang" Bidois
Louis Hekenui Bidois
Napoleon Poreone Bidois
Andrew Bidois
Beatrice Peata/Piata (Bidois) Palmer
Meria (Bidois) Kuka (Married Henry/Henare te Kuka)
Polly Urupare Bidois
Robert Bidois
Peter Bidois
Jeffrey "Mac" Bidois

Births in the Registry are few, due to exemption of Maori registrations at the time. Their mother's name varies in spelling (Pauline, Porma, Dorina)

1888/11373 Henry, Dorina Charles
1890/1715 Joseph John, Porma Charles
1973/146322 Pita, Pauline Charles


Charles died in 1932.


OBITUARY January 1932. [2]

By the death at his residence at Te Puna yesterday, of Mr Charles Bidois. at the age of 76, Tauranga loses one of its oldest inhabitants. Born at Te Puna in 1856, the late Mr Bidois was sent at an early age to the school at Takapuna, conducted by the late Bishop Pompalier. He remained at school there for a year or two and in 1865, the year of the war in the Waikato, he was sent to Rangiaohia to the Catholic Mission School there. He remained there for a year, and in 1866 returned to his home at Te Puna where he has resided ever since, engaged in farming operations. The late Mr Bidois was the son of Mr Louis Bidois, who came to New Zealand in a French whaler in the early part of last century, and landed at Akaroa. From the South Island he found his way to this district and settled down at Te Puna, and lived till well on into the present century. He left thirteen children, of whom the late Mr Charles Bidois was one. Several other members of the family are dead, while others are still living in the district. One of the brothers was killed at the fighting at Opepe on September 18th, I872. The deceased gentleman is survived by his widow, and a grown up family of eleven children, two sons and a daughter having pre-deceased him. The surviving children are Messrs Henry, Joseph, Louis (Heke), Napoleon, Robert, Peter, Jeffrey (Mac), all living in the district, and Mrs Palmer and Mrs Henry Kuka of Matakana, Mrs Smith of Bethlehem, and Miss Bidois, of Te Puna. A large tangi is being held at Te Puna, and the interment will take place there on Saturday.

Joseph One of their children was Joseph Bidois, (1890 - 1950), who married Matekohi Ratima, and one of their children was Jack Alfred Tia Bidois. Joseph had 7 children including

Rangi Amoamo Bidois
Tia Bidois
Mary Ngakau Bidois
Jack Alfred Tia Bidois

Louis One of their children was Louis Hekenui Bidois, born 1898. He fought in the Maori Reinforcements of the 4th Waikato Regiment in WW1, with rank Lance Corporal. He served with the Maori Reinforcements, Service Number 84445. His next of kin was listed as Charles Bidois (father), Te Puna, Tauranga, New Zealand. At enlistment on 15 June 1918 he was 5 ft 10 in high and weighed 187 pounds. His distinguishing feature is noted as "overlapping toes". [3]

Peter (1904-1978) One of their children was Peter Bidois who lived on Motuhoa, a small island in Tauranga Harbour, between Matakana Island and Te Puna. Motuhoa is a fertile little island which has been cultivated by the Maoris for many generations. He is described as "a son of the late Mr. Charles Bidois. who died last mouth at the ago of 70 years. Mr. Louis Bidois, grandfather of the present generation of the family, came out to Akaroa in a whaler early in last century, and found his way to Tauranga soon after." [4] [5]

Note: Meria (Bidois) Kuka has the same married name as Daniel Kuka, who drowned in the boating accident with her brother Andrew Bidois. Daniel may be related to her husband, Henry/Henare.


  1. DEATH OF MR J. L. FAULKNER., Bay of Plenty Times, Volume XI, Issue 1370, 9 September 1882
  2. OBITUARY., Bay of Plenty Times, Volume LX, Issue 10769, 15 January 1932
  3. Cenotaph Record, Louis Bidois
  4. ANCIENT MAORI RELIC, Stratford Evening Post, Volume I, Issue 374, 25 February 1932
  5. NZBDM Deaths 1978/44639 Bidois Peter 14 October 1904

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