Tara Ward

Tara Ward is a New Plymouth-based reality TV junkie, chocolate addict, longtime silent reader and wrangler of two small people.

Television
Aug 1, 2020

Belly flops and budgie smugglers: Cannonball is your Saturday night delight

Finished watching Floor is Lava, and looking for your next dose of bonkers TV? Cannonball might be the show for you. 

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Television
Jul 27, 2020

Come On to New Zealand: The 1980s tourism video that wants you to get nude

Tara Ward takes a trip back in time with this classic 1980s New Zealand tourism video.

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Television
Jul 24, 2020

Seven Sharp just told everyone the Tooth Fairy's not real, and people are mad

Seven Sharp waded into controversy last night with a shocking Tooth Fairy related admission.

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Television
Jul 17, 2020

The Repair Shop is the nicest show on television right now

Think The Repair Shop is just a boring television show for the oldies? Think again. 

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Television
Jul 13, 2020

One step closer to home: We cast a New Zealand version of The Chase

New Zealanders can't get enough of The Chase, so why can't we have our own version? And what would a homegrown version of the quiz show look like anyway?

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Television
Jul 8, 2020

17 years later, Claire’s death on McLeod’s Daughters will still make you cry

Claire from McLeod’s Daughters died in 2003 and Tara Ward is still not over it.

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Television
Jul 3, 2020

Shortland Street celebrates 7,000 episodes while social distancing

Keep your hands away from each other, you socially distanced horn bags.

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Television
Jul 3, 2020

Review: Netflix’s The Baby-Sitters Club is the show of your pre-teen dreams

Netflix's adaptation of The Baby-Sitters Club makes long-time fan Tara Ward fall in love with the series all over again.

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Television
Jun 30, 2020

Big Brother vs Masterchef: Which old-school Aussie reality show rules supreme?

Two Australian shows, three nights of television. Which reality veteran wins?

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Television
Jun 28, 2020

Back to bum dance, back to reality: Rewatching the first-ever episode of Big Brother Australia

A new season of Big Brother Australia starts tonight, but where did it all begin?

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Television
Jun 19, 2020

Power ranking the diary room chairs of Big Brother

With a new season of Big Brother Australia underway, Tara Ward looks back at the show's history through a single object: the diary room chair. 

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TVNZ
Jun 18, 2020

Home sweet home: The rise of the dark family drama

You can’t choose your family, but you can choose your drama. Tara Ward rounds up the five best family dramas on TVNZ on Demand.

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Television
Jun 14, 2020

Here’s what you need to know about Neon merging with Lightbox

Streaming services Neon and Lightbox will merge next month. So what does this mean for your favourite shows?

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TVNZ
Jun 4, 2020

From your couch to the world in five shows

Tara Ward rounds up all the TVNZ shows that will also take you from your armchair to locales far and wide.

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Media
Jun 3, 2020

Noel Edmonds on his new life in NZ: ‘I’m not bringing Mr Blobby over’

Noel Edmonds is a British TV legend with a 50 year career in broadcasting. So why did he move to Matakana and launch a radio station?

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Television
May 31, 2020

Beat the Chasers is the quiz show spinoff of your wildest dreams

All five of The Chase brainiacs have teamed up to stretch their intellectual muscles in an action-packed offshoot of the cult favourite.

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Money
May 22, 2020

All the weird and wonderful creative tributes to Dr Ashley Bloomfield

Would you like a slice of Ashley Bloomfield cake with your Ashley Bloomfield earrings?

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Television
May 19, 2020

Taika and the giant celeb-filled peach

Taika Waititi and his famous mates team up to fight Covid-19 and bring Roald Dahl's beloved story to life.

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Television
May 15, 2020

Why was Matty McLean in a dinosaur suit on Breakfast?

These are unprecedented times, and just when you think you’ve seen it all, Breakfast's Matty McLean does the weather dressed as a dinosaur.

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Television
May 12, 2020

Outlander recap: Mad men ruin absolutely everything

Tara Ward recaps the brutal finale to season five of Outlander.

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TVNZ
May 8, 2020

The animal shows bringing you the best real-life drama

Tired of watching human faces on your screen but still love a bit of action?

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Television
May 5, 2020

Outlander recap: Like sandwiches through the hour glass

It's the penultimate episode of the season, so what better time to reveal what Jamie Fraser's sperm looks like? Tara Ward recaps season five, episode 11 of Outlander. 

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TVNZ
Apr 30, 2020

Challenge accepted: How to make lockdown fun with You Got This!

Inspired by You Got This!, Tara Ward gives us a few of the challenges she’s done with her own family during lockdown. 

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Television
Apr 28, 2020

Outlander recap: Murder, misery and monsters of the deep

Everyone wants to kill Stephen Bonnet, but which one of the Frasers will actually get to do it? Tara Ward recaps season five, episode 10.

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TVNZ
Apr 23, 2020

Gone Sheila: The Secrets She Keeps is your new Australian thriller addiction

Need to scratch that Gone Girl itch from years past? The Secrets She Keeps is the new Australian thriller that asks how far you should go to get the perfect life.

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Television
Apr 21, 2020

Outlander recap: Ashes to ashes, hornbag to hornbag

Bree finds her purpose, Claire finds a new way to save lives, and Roger finds some maggots. Tara Ward recaps season five, episode nine of Outlander. 

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