WEIGHT: 63 kg
Services: Cunnilingus, Games, Tantric, Soft domination, Moresomes
How the mighty have fallen. This week a screeching fluorescence of construction barriers went up on the triangle where Pitt St meets Vincent St in central Auckland. Flora's massage parlour was still pretending to assert its presence in the form of a sign that read "Open" although the doors shut two years ago and a tired overhead billboard in headache shades of purple and pink.
The girls it referred to "soft, soothing, sensual, sexy, seductive" have long gone. Now the only sign of action is that of workers who are ripping the guts out of Flora's and its old neighbour, the Shell petrol station.
In its new guise, the site -it is said-will host a wine shop and a backpackers' hostel. Or maybe a five star hotel. As has always been the case, rumours abound about what's going on at one of Auckland's most notorious spots. Flora's has always been a brothel - only you didn't call them brothels back then. And it was run by one of the city's godfathers of the sex industry. Ron King, like Flora's, which he founded, is no longer in the game; he left New Zealand five years ago.
But his business lives on: Tonight King senior, 76, is packing his bags. He's got an early morning flight to catch to Macau. He's on the phone from his home in Mt Tambourine, Queensland, where he's dabbling in a bit of property development. Here is a man who is proud of his past. Any other putative claimants to that fame are long dead, so we will let the mantle rest with him.
King, born in Britain, arrived in New Zealand in the late 50s. He'd decided to relocate because, he says, "I had a daughter and a son and I decided I'd had enough of England. I wanted to raise them in a better place. Daughter Lyn says that when she was young her father would tell her he worked in the entertainment industry. I'd be shunted out, and I'd say 'why can't I hang round? King, who says he was an agent for all manner of 60s pop stars "I'd been associated with the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Small Faces.