big – nui
A man presents a child with a gigantic egg. The man says “I just bought you this new egg.”
small – iti
A tiny mouse is busy eating a pile of biscuits much bigger than itself.
heavy – taimaha
Lying on the ground is a large stopwatch, or timer. The timer is so heavy that it takes four men to move it.
light – māmā
A jar of Marmite is so light that it beings to float up off the kitchen bench.
Height – ikeike
A woman is standing between two very tall, scary looking men. She turns to one and screams, then turns to the other and screams. Her reaction was “Eeek! Eeek!”
narrow – kūiti
A woman pulls a coat through a very narrow ring.
Length – roa
A single rower sits and rows a ridiculously long canoe.
Size – rahi
A ray of sunlight shines from the clouds onto a plant, which then grows to an enormous size.
tall – teitei
On top of a really tall golf tee is a pot of tea. It is the tee tea.
short – poto
A very short man walks along with a pot belly and a pot on his head.
weigh – pauna(-tia)
On a large set of veterinary scales, a vet tries to weigh a pony.
wide – whānui
An extremely wide woman with an extremely wide paper fan sits in the heat fanning her face.
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.