It’s Business Women’s Day!

Today we’re shining a spotlight on some of the amazing wāhine in the eCampus NZ learning community who are making their mark on the business world.

Go get it!

Ara learner Madison Thompson’s dedication and work ethic have been praised by her online course facilitators.

“This is what I want for my career. When I want something, I go get it,” said Maddison, New Zealand Certificate in Business (Introduction to Small Business) (Level 3).

A changing career diploma

Orianne Meiller completed the New Zealand Certificate in Business (Small Business) online with Toi-Ohomai in 2019. She found the experience so rewarding that she decided to enrol in the New Zealand Diploma in Business (Human Resource Management).

“I’m not only a mother, I’m also a woman with a career who will go back to work. This is my ‘changing career’ diploma,” said Orianne.

Motivated to manage

For Julia MacDonald, team leader at a leading food production company and an active member of her community, completing a course in Team Management and Motivation during the COVID-19 lockdown certainly demonstrated the strength of her own motivation!

“I need to improve myself for my family, to get the lifestyle I want, and for my wellbeing. That’s what motivates me to look at management,” EIT online learner Julia MacDonald, New Zealand Certificate in Business (First Line Management).

Just the beginning

Last year, everything started clicking into place for NorthTec learner Mirinoa Pickering. With her new skills, she began to develop and implement an effective small business plan for her very own business, Guardian Tours Ltd. “This was just the beginning of something amazing,” said Mirinoa, New Zealand Diploma in Business (Accounting).

The ins and outs of business

“I now understand the ins and outs of how a business operates behind the scenes. Following the course, I intend to get my Bar Manager’s Certificate and once I get the finances together, I will implement my small business plan and get started,” UCOL learner Krichelle Giles, New Zealand Certificate in Business (Small Business).

Learning the Kiwi way


For successful graduate Alexandra Asman, studying towards her New Zealand Certificate in Business (Small Business) with NMIT and eCampus NZ was an exercise in “feeling the fear and doing it anyway.”

“The Kiwi way of business is very different to the South African way. I learned so much about the way Kiwis do business, which I love,” she said.

Forging ahead

With a full-time career in the event hire industry, as well as being a mother and host-mother to two international students, Otago Polytechnic learner Julia Kruskopf is living proof that even the busiest people can find the time to achieve their academic and professional goals. Last year, in the midst of the nationwide lockdown, Julia completed the New Zealand Certificate in Business (First Line Management) on eCampus NZ. “I feel really, really proud of myself,” New Zealand Certificate in Business (First Line Management).




The eCampus NZ learning platform is being closed on 29 February 2024, as part of the completion of the amalgamation into Open Polytechnic | Te Pūkenga. Therefore, access to courseware for ākonga (learners) will be available for three months post course completion or 29 February 2024, whichever happens first. If you have any questions, please contact eCampus NZ : [email protected] or call 0800 328 269.