Dog – kurī
A dog and a man are walking along a path. The dog turns to the man and says “Can you carry me for a bit?”
Cat – tori
A cat dressed in a three piece suit with an expensive hat walks down the street with Margaret Thatcher, David Cameron and some other Tory Party politicians (use the closest to a Tory politician you can think of).
Bird – manu
A bird flies through the forest, and as it lands it takes the form of a man (if you know a man named Manu, imagine it taking his form).
Pig – poaka
Two pigs walk up to a sleeping woman. “Is she awake?” one asks. “I don’t know – poke her.” The first one then pokes the sleeping woman with a trotter.
Rat – kiore
A rat runs through a restaurant with an apple core in its mouth.
Chicken – pī
A chicken struts along the ground pecking at peas.
Mouse – kiore iti
[Literally means “small rat”] A mouse is busy eating an apple core. The mouse is the core eater.
Horse – hōiho
Eeyore the donkey from Winnie the Pooh series walks through a paddock, only instead of a donkey he is a horse.
Billy goat – koati toa
Four billy goats sing in a barber’s shop. They are the Billy Goat Quartet.
Deer – tia
A deer emerges from the forest wearing a scintillating tiara.
Cow – kau
A cow in a skirt hits a golfball off a tea. She is the famous bovine golfer Lydia Kau.
Fish – ika
A boy runs up behind a girl and places a fish on the back of her neck. The girl shrieks: “EEEK!”
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 2017/18.