Raro Records – from keys to music of life

Monday April 15, 2019 Written by Published in Hot on the Rock
The man himself, talented musician and singer Nia Heather of Raro Records. 19031408 The man himself, talented musician and singer Nia Heather of Raro Records. 19031408

The popular Raro Records first opened its doors at the Mana Court premises in the early nineties.


In 1996, owner, talented musician and singer Nia Heather and his wife Yvonne, moved their music store to Taputapuatea, next to the Empire Cinemas.

Last year the shop relocated to Tutakimoa and is now situated inside the Vonnia’s Warehouse building.

Raro Records has a range of musical instruments and equipment available from guitars, key boards, ukuleles, drum sets, microphones, drum sticks, mixers and more.

The kamaka ukuleles is a collection of many sizes and colours; separate parts of the ukulele such as the strings, tuning pegs, headstock and fretboard are also available if you need to improve or mend yours.

The acoustic and electric guitars also have accessories such as straps, cables, strings and chord sheets.

If you enjoy listening to Maori songs, there is a wide range of Polynesian and Cook Islands CDs, these are popular with both locals and visitors.

Music lovers and those who would like to get into playing an instrument, visit Joe Heather and Kimi Taokia at the store who will happily show you around.

Heather says the repositioning of the store inside Vonnias Warehouse has been positive, they have also noticed a lot more customers due to the shoppers who already visit the retailer.

Not only does Raro Records provide you with a variety of musical instruments, they also offer key-cutting services.

Their advice is that if you haven’t lost your keys yet, it’s best to take your set in as soon as possible and acquire spare sets before you do  lose them.               

1 comment

  • Comment Link William Percival Saturday, 22 February 2020 12:26 posted by William Percival

    Nice to know that you are taking care of our local musicians back home, keep up the good work. Kia Orana.

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