Law – ture
As if from two suns, two rays of light shine from the heavens onto a book of law.
Court, to judge – kōti
Inside a courtroom, a judge watches two peacocks courting.
Prison – whare herehere
A ferry crosses the Cook Strait. There is a prison built on top of it, full of hairy prisoners. It is the ferry hairy hairy.
Prisoner – herehere
Looking at a prison yard, it can be seen that the prisoners are covered in both facial and body hair. To be a prisoner is to be hairy-hairy.
to arrest – mauhere
A naked, hairy man is mowing the strip outside his house. He is the mow hairy. The Police come and arrest him for public nudity.
Police – pirihimana
From a boat on the Amazon, people can see in the water of the river tiny policecars swimming like pirahnas.
Crime, Criminal, break the law – hara
A man points and says “Hey, that guy’s breaking the law!” His anarchist friend cries out “Hurrah!”
fair – matatika
A man wipes his feet on a mat and it rises up and attacks him. He cries out “Be fair! Be fair!” as he suffers the mat attack.
Justice – manatika
A woman goes into her attic and sees a bunch of men she did not expect. It is now a man attic. She comes down crying “Justice!”
Punishment – whiunga
The judge says “Your punishment is a $100 fee.” The guilty man walks despondently up to the clerk to pay, and his niece is there. She says “Fee, Uncle?”
Right – mōtika
A woman steals a moustache off a man’s face. When he complains, she says “It is my right – I am the mo taker.”
unfair – makihuhunu
A man walks up to a table and takes a key from it. Another man already sitting there says “That’s unfair! That’s ma key!” “Huh? Who knew?” the first man sneers as he walks away, unfairly.
The above is an excerpt from the upcoming Learn Maori Vocabulary With Mnemonics, by Jeff Ngatai, due to be published by VJM Publishing in the summer of 2018/19.