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31 Aug 2022

Call to simplify process to install bollards to protect businesses

Councillor Jenny Condie said she was “open to any way” to simplify council processes, but public spaces outside stores needed to be carefully managed. “We need to be really careful about what we put on the footpath and how we share that space with other users,” Condie said.

Call to simplify process to install bollards to protect businesses

25 Aug 2022

City councillor's ADHD diagnosis at 43 'empowering'

Condie said her diagnosis felt empowering and it legitimised her struggles growing up.

She said she now understood the concept of hyperfocus, rather than attention deficit, as other “quieter presentations of the disorder” she experienced.

City councillor's ADHD diagnosis at 43 'empowering'

20 Aug 2022

Councillors and mayor in review

Jenny “brain the size of a planet” Condie

I sometimes look at Jenny and am reminded of Marvin in Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Marvin is a robot with vast intelligence, and he grumbles to Arthur Dent, “I have a brain the size of a planet, and they’ve got me opening and closing doors.”

Jenny doesn’t always get the platform she should get when explaining things. She often breaks down quite complex issues into a plain English version that provides a different perspective you see in media. She’s not always bang on but usually close.

Councillors and mayor in review

30 Jul 2022

The good, the bad and the weird: Wellington council report cards in

It is all about the detail with accountant-turned-councillor Jenny Condie. If you want to understand the intricacies of, say, resource consent legislation, stop yawning and call Condie.

Which makes her sound bright but dull. While her voice sometimes gets lost among the rambunctious battles, she has been instrumental in her share of firework moments.

She rarely takes the lead on issues so it is hard to point to any big wins or losses but any big hits were always going to be hard with no obvious political allies.

The good, the bad and the weird: Wellington council report cards in

22 Jun 2022

Next hurdle for ambitious plan to enable more housing in Wellington

Jenny Condie said the amount of new housing permitted under the new plan would be a significant change. “Restrictive council planning rules contributed to causing the housing crisis. This District Plan is transformational in helping to fix a problem we helped create by allowing more dense housing to be built near the city centre and public transport,” she said, noting that focusing housing along transport lines would help to reduce carbon emissions.

Next hurdle for ambitious plan to enable more housing in Wellington

30 May 2022

Wellington pipe price shock expected to be echoed around the country

A shock 80% increase in the cost to address Wellington’s ageing pipes is expected to be echoed around the country as councils take stock of what replacements will cost in reality.

“It is basically Covid,” said Wellington City councillor Jenny Condie – cited by colleagues as the expert around the council table on Three Waters reforms – as she blamed supply and labour issues for the cost hike that would come with or without the reforms into how we pay for the running of tap, waste, and storm water.

Wellington pipe price shock expected to be echoed around the country

12 May 2022

Councillors vote down move to oppose Wellington airport expansion

Councillor Jenny Condie said the notice of motion should have been a media release. "Instead we've had this notice of motion that's taken 50 hours of our chief lawyer's time and probably has cost us, I would guess, $10,000 to prepare this report and bring it to us." The reality was the council did not have many levers to pull on aviation emissions, Condie said.

Councillors vote down move to oppose Wellington airport expansion

7 May 2022

Shock at 'unlawful' proposal to oppose Wellington Airport expansion

Councillor Jenny Condie said, as accredited RMA commissioner, she was shocked Free, Pannett and Paul – also accredited commissioners – would attempt to interfere with an RMA decision now before the courts.

Shock at 'unlawful' proposal to oppose Wellington Airport expansion

14 Apr 2022

Last-ditch attempt by Wellington businesses to stop Newtown cycleway unsuccessful

Councillor Jenny Condie said more time to consult would not find “magic solutions”.

“The reality of life is that people will strongly disagree with proposals we have as council. I don't see how a delay would improve on the engagement that has happened in the past month,” she said.

Last-ditch attempt by Wellington businesses to stop Newtown cycleway unsuccessful

21 Mar 2022

Wellington Water under the pump over poor condition of network assets

"I'm obviously not happy with the performance as it is", said councillor and infrastructure committee deputy chair Jenny Condie. "But I also am realistic that it's going to take us a while for this organisation to get on top of issues that have been developing over a long period of time."

Wellington Water under the pump over poor condition of network assets

15 Dec 2021

Wellington council shoots down Thorndon Quay parking reversal

Councillors showed little willingness to back down on the decision they made in June.

“We need to be clear that we don't respond to concerns by going back to where we were before, we respond by moving forward,” councillor Jenny Condie said.

Wellington council shoots down Thorndon Quay parking reversal

26 Nov 2021

Wellington mayor says sorry for second-guessing council boss in Shelly Bay dispute

Councillor Jenny Condie hit out against councillors who signed the notice for going against public health advice. “Some protestors have likely already been exposed to airborne asbestos particles due to repeated break-ins and damage to the interior of contaminated buildings and this is deeply concerning to me.

“While elected members acted with good intentions when they signed the notice of motion, it has unfortunately muddied the waters on council’s official legal position, which has confused the ongoing conversations happening between council staff and protest groups.”

Wellington mayor says sorry for second-guessing council boss in Shelly Bay dispute

11 Nov 2021

Island Bay cycleway revamp 'pragmatic middle ground'

Council has now selected a road layout option to prepare for community consultation in February. The new design will improve visibility at driveways and side streets, provide physical separators between the cycle lane and parked cars, and introduce a separated cycle lane through the Island Bay town centre (option 1-D identified in a option analysis report).

This will deliver significant safety and amenity benefits to the community, more quickly and at a fraction of the cost of the layout Council approved in 2017.

Island Bay cycleway revamp 'pragmatic middle ground'

21 Oct 2021

Wellington City councillors take airport sale off the table

At the meeting today Condie noted the city council doesn't have as much influence as people think over the asset because it is the minority shareholder. She said the council was not a good shareholder anyway because it has so many financial pressures. "We just don't have a lot of capital available to invest." Councillors Jenny Condie, Sean Rush, Mayor Andy Foster and Ngāti Toa Rangatira representative Liz Kelly were those who voted in favour (of consulting on sale of the airport shares).

Wellington City councillors take airport sale off the table

15 Sep 2021

Wellington collie owner fails in appeal to overturn menacing dog status after bite

Councillor Jenny Condie reasoned it was a minor inconvenience for Breaker to continue wear a muzzle to ensure the public’s safety.

Wellington collie owner fails in appeal to overturn menacing dog status after bite

10 Aug 2021

Third of Wellington's most critical drinking water pipes in poor condition

The committee's deputy chairwoman, councillor Jenny Condie, said the focus publicly has been more on wastewater failures because those have been the high-profile ones.

"But within the council, and certainly within the mayoral taskforce on three waters, we're very aware of the fact that there are also likely to be failures in our drinking water pipes.

"We know we have high water loss in this region. The reality with drinking water pipes is that when they break we don't always notice it."

Third of Wellington's most critical drinking water pipes in poor condition

4 Aug 2021

Councillors agree to city-wide footpath parking ban in Wellington

Councillor Jenny Condie, who presented the paper to councillors on Wednesday, said the changes were in line with the council’s new parking policy, which came into effect last August.

Councillors agree to city-wide footpath parking ban in Wellington

9 Jul 2021

Wellington Mayor at odds with his own taskforce on three waters

But the council's Infrastructure Committee deputy chairwoman Jenny Condie said they definitely needed help and could not do it without change. "What we've invested is the tip of the iceberg", she said. Condie said Foster's comments were disappointing and inconsistent with the position of the mayor's own taskforce into three water issues.... The taskforce's final report concluded Wellington's approach to water was not working.

The council agreed to its findings, which included actively participating in the Government's national water reform agenda. Councillors also agreed to commit to the concept of an independent, publicly-owned, not-for-profit, water management and asset-owning entity governed and operated under a statement of intent from shareholding councils.

Condie said the substance of the Government's reforms were entirely consistent with where the taskforce landed.

Wellington Mayor at odds with his own taskforce on three waters

24 Jun 2021

Wellington housing plan signed off after heated debate

Councillors Rebecca Matthews and Tamatha Paul unsuccessfully tried to remove all pre-1930 character protections. "Character homes do not mean the same thing for a generation that is locked out of housing", Matthews said. But they did successfully increase the walking catchments from railway station stops to 10 minutes, instead of only five. Councillors Jenny Condie and Jill Day found support to increase them from the central city to 15 minutes, instead of only 10. This will allow for building heights of at least six storeys within these catchments.

Councillors Laurie Foon and Fleur Fitzsimons found support for reducing character areas by 71 per cent instead of the draft plan's proposal of 58 per cent.

Wellington housing plan signed off after heated debate

24 Jun 2021

Wellington City Council allows Thorndon Quay parking changes

Councillor Jenny Condie​ passed a resolution to retain four 10-minute parks outside Wellington Dance Studio between 3pm and 6pm.

Wellington City Council allows Thorndon Quay parking changes