Note that is not a political comment but a comment on the apparent lack of education by IT staff (or their passing on the knowledge) in Govt departments on the best way to use cellphones, especially w.r.t. roaming data.
The article in question
The item in that article that really irked me was this one
"Sport NZ chief executive Peter Miskimmin received a $10,000 data bill and $1131 phone bill for September and October last year.Marketing manager Laurie Edwards said the majority came from using a laptop during a two-week trip to Europe.
Miskimmin met international sport organisations, including Sport England, UK Sport, UK Youth Sports Trust, Sport Scotland, and the Irish Sports Council."
$10K for roaming data is inexcusable. Since it's clear from the article that he spent the most of his time in the UK, I am sure he could have been told to purchase some sort of prepaid data SIM and put it into another phone he could use a tethering device. Even if he bought a new phone over there, the savings using that phone and prepaid data would have been more than covered the cost. It's a bit hard with the voice bills since I would imagine he would want folks back home to contact him but then again he could have used that same phone to make calls and receive them on his local number.
I find this particularly annoying since while we all complain about international roaming, there are so many ways to overcome the costs that don't require you to be an IT Geek to use.