Penty also took part in public affairs and served as a councillor representing Cook Ward from 1892-1895. He was apparently an energetic councillor and a member of the Electric Lighting, Public Library, Private Streets and Public Works Committees. His forte was, understandably, sanitation and he was credited with doing much to forward the work of improved drainage in the city at the time.
Interestingly, he was of the view that “so far as the City Council is concerned, politics should be left severely alone, and that all should conspire together for the general good of the city as a whole” and that “matters of necessity should claim the attention of the Council first, and luxuries subsequently”!
Information obtained from the Cyclopedia of New Zealand, Volume 1, 1897.