Inaugural Māori development scholarship awarded to Tūhoe teen

LT McGuinness and the Wellington Phoenix Football Academy have announced the launch of the inaugural Māori Scholarship program, Te Karahipi Te Rae Pakari. The scholarship aims to provide young, aspiring Māori footballers with an opportunity to pursue their dreams of professional football through the Wellington Phoenix Academy’s proven youth development program.

The Wellington Phoenix is committed to developing talented young footballers from around New Zealand and offers a pathway to professional football through its A-League Men’s and A-League Women’s teams. The academy provides a creative and inspirational environment that focuses on providing the highest quality coaching, along with sports science, medical, education, and well-being support.

LT McGuinness, a 3rd generation privately-owned family business founded in 1950, has stepped up to provide the ‘Te Karahipi Te Rae Pakari’ football scholarship for young aspiring Māori footballers. With over 350 permanent employees, the company places importance on maintaining culture, inclusivity, and community engagement across its operations.

Kerrin Manuel, Director LT McGuinness, said, “We are incredibly proud to provide this scholarship for aspiring young Māori footballers. The synergies between construction success and professional sportsmen or sportswomen are not too dissimilar, based on determination, work ethic, support and personal development, realistic expectations, trust, and pride.”

David Dome, GM Wellington Phoenix Football Club, expressed gratitude towards LT McGuinness for their support and for providing the funds for the scholarship. He added, “We congratulate Carlos Ranui of Tūhoe, Tanui, Te Rarawa te iwi”.  the inaugural recipient of ‘Te Karahipi Te Rae Pakari,’ and wish him all the best in his pursuit of excellence within the academy”

The scholarship program is a great opportunity to increase the profile and ability for young Māori footballers to continue pursuing their dreams in the ‘Beautiful Game.’ The scholarship aims to make a positive impact on the development of football in New Zealand and promote inclusivity and diversity within the sport.