Sex and the city: Sky Tower gets new neighbour

NZ Herald Sep 24, 2010
Sex industry magnates are to open a “massage” club directly opposite the Sky Tower and flanked by residential buildings and shops. In a move which has stunned nearby retailers, millions of dollars have been spent to turn the Palace Hotel pub, on the corner of Victoria St West and Federal St, into a new adult venue.
Wellington brothel owners John and Michael Chow bought the run-down building for $3.3 million, saying they hope to cater for the needs of visitors, gamers from the SkyCity Casino and tourists. Although the Rugby World Cup is considered as the prompt, the developers say their vision is longer-term than that, and women as well as men will be welcome at the new premises. Other businesses say the central city spot, which is popular with tourists, residents and CBD workers, could become into a red light district.