Rugby – whutupōro
(loan) A group of kids playing rugby ask another kid, who is wearing rags, if he’d like to play. The kid says “Fuu, too poor, yo.”
League – rīki
(loan) A rugby league team walks past an old woman. She looks horrified and holds her nose, as if they reek.
Cricket – kirikiti
(loan) A man walks through a field wearing cricket gear and carrying a cat.
Netball – poitarawhiti
A woman in netball uniform walks onto a court eating a pie. The umpire says to her “If you want to play netball you’ll have to pay the pie tariff.”
Ball – poi
A boy plays cricket, but instead of bowling a ball he bowls a pie.
bounce – tāwhana
Inside a tavern, a crowd of drunken revellers bounce balls of all descriptions.
catch – hopu(-kia)
A man hops along some grass and then dives to catch a ball.
coach – kaitohutohu
A man holding a kite talks to some skeptical schoolchildren. He says “I am the best in the world at coaching you on how to use this kite. Or who? Or who?”
Court/Field – papa tākaro
A middle-aged man meets some children on a sports field after a game and gives them some takeaway food. He is the papa takeaways.
tackle – rutu
Some trees are playing rugby. One of them tackles another by wrapping its roots around them.
kick – whana
A man tries to kick an electric fan into a goal.
pass – kuru
A doctor has a coughing patient on the other side of the room. The doctor says “This will cure him!” and passes a rugby ball into the patient’s chest.
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.