black – pango
A ninja, dressed in black, takes a very good look at a black shotgun. Then it discharges – ‘PANG!’
white – tea
Up in the clouds, where everything is white, some of the clouds take the form of two old men drinking tea.
blue – kahurangi
A woman picks up a ringing phone. On the other end of the line, painted in a striking blue colour, is an anthropomorphic car. It is the car who rang.
red – whero
Suddenly a red feral pig bursts out of the bushes and starts wrecking the place.
yellow – kōwhai
A sea of yellow corncobs stretch out to the horizon, a yellow cornfield.
green – kākāriki
An old green car drives past, so old that bystanders can hear creaking noises coming from it. It is a car creaking.
brown – parāone
Wearing a brown suit, brown shoes and a brown hat, a giant prawn walks past.
grey – māhinahina
At a Chinese factory, a gigantic grey machine hisses in operation. It is a grey machine in China.
orange – karaka
Two children pull at either end of a giant orange Christmas cracker.
pink – māwhero
[Lit. ‘white-red’] A boy dressed in pink clothing solves some maths equations super fast and is awarded a prize. He is the math hero.
dark – whēuriuri
A man peers into a gloomy forest and then turns to his extremely hairy friend and says “It’s fair eerie, Hairy.”
bright – kanapu
A bird nesting in the canopy of a forest wakes up as the bright sun starts shining over the horizon.
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.