Tara Ward

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

Television
Sep 18, 2019

How to watch the Rugby World Cup 2019

With only a few more sleeps until the 2019 Rugby World Cup, Tara Ward looks at the variety of ways you can watch the tournament from the comfort of your own home.

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Television
Sep 17, 2019

Celebrity Treasure Island rankings: Where dreams are castles in the sand

It was another wild week in our favourite island paradise, as our remaining celebrities continued their quest to win cash for charity.

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Television
Sep 13, 2019

Ten must-watch shows on Māori TV right now

Tara Ward delved into Māori TV’s impressive OnDemand catalogue and found some of the best TV taonga for your viewing pleasure.  

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Television
Sep 8, 2019

Finale recap: The Block NZ live auction is officially out the gate

It’s auction night on The Block NZ, and tonight the Firehouse burned with the smell of broken hopes and dreams. Tara Ward recaps the hijinks and heartbreak of this year’s live finale.

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Television
Sep 8, 2019

Meet the cast of Married at First Sight NZ 2019

Married at First Sight NZ returns to Three tonight in a storm of controversy. Tara Ward takes a closer look at the brides and grooms who will marry a stranger in search of true love.

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Television
Sep 8, 2019

10 ways The Block NZ could be better

It's the grand finale of The Block NZ: Firehouse, but after a snooze of a season some fans are past caring. Long time Block NZ fan Tara Ward has a few ideas on how the show could get its mojo back. 

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Television
Sep 5, 2019

Celebrity Treasure Island Power Rankings: My kingdom for a couch

It's week three of Celebrity Treasure Island, and what a forking great week it was. Tara Ward power ranks our favourite celebrity contestants as they compete to win that sweet charity cash. 

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Television
Sep 1, 2019

Review: Runaway Millionaires reveals the story behind the crime that gripped a nation

Sunday Theatre’s new drama Runaway Millionaires tells the story of Kara Hurring, the Rotorua woman who in 2009 fled the country with $10 million of stolen money. Tara Ward reviews.

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Television
Aug 27, 2019

Review: Blown Away is the most gripping reality show since the British Bake-Off

If you’re a fan of niche television, Blown Away will deliver it in shards. Tara Ward reveals why you’ll fall in love with Netflix’s latest reality sensation.

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Food
Aug 22, 2019

The Spinoff Reviews New Zealand #94: Ōkato’s award-winning hot chips

We review the entire country and culture of New Zealand, one thing at a time. Today, Tara Ward taste-tests the best hot chips in the country.  

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Media
Aug 20, 2019

How to get all the confidence of a Silhouette Person

Two recent scientific discoveries rocked us to our fossily core, but there’s a bigger, more shocking story to be told: who are the silhouette people?

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Television
Aug 15, 2019

The Handmaid’s Tale finale recap: Praise June, Mayday is here

It's the season finale of The Handmaid's Tale, and we're desperate for a happy ending. Will we get one, or will we be left weeping into our revolution muffins? Tara Ward recaps

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Television
Aug 15, 2019

Review: Deep Water serves up mediocre little lies

Tara Ward reviews Deep Water, a new British drama that's been compared to Big Little Lies that lands on TVNZ OnDemand today.

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Society
Aug 12, 2019

The Spinoff Reviews New Zealand #90: Disney on Ice

Tara Ward went to the mouse-dancing theatrical spectacle Disney on Ice and found her cynicism melting away quicker than Olaf in Frozen.

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Television
Aug 9, 2019

The Handmaid’s Tale recap: How to get away with murder

Tensions continue to rise in Gilead, but June’s plan to start the revolution is coming together perfectly. Is this too good to be true? Tara Ward recaps this week’s episode of The Handmaid’s Tale.

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Television
Aug 2, 2019

The Handmaid’s Tale recap: Praise be, it’s all happening

It was the best episode of The Handmaid's Tale this season, with an arrest, an attack, and a whole lot more muffins.

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Media
Aug 1, 2019

‘This lifejacket clashes with my tie’: Louis Litt’s Air NZ safety video, reviewed

Air New Zealand released their new safety video this morning, featuring the legendary Louis Litt from legal drama Suits. Tara Ward buckles up to watch. 

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Television
Jul 26, 2019

The Handmaid’s Tale recap: Have you met the Muffin Maid?

The revolution in Gilead has finally begun, and it's taking place one batch of muffins at a time. Tara Ward recaps the latest episode of The Handmaid’s Tale.

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Television
Jul 25, 2019

The website that lets you bid on the detritus of TV and movie history

Ever wanted to buy a sonogram of Quinn's baby from Glee? How about Dr. House's bathrobe? Tara Ward shows you how. 

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Television
Jul 21, 2019

Review: Funny As is the definitive historical document of New Zealand comedy

Tara Ward reviews Funny As, a series that documents the history of New Zealand comedy, and manages to be a key part of that history in its own right.

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Television
Jul 19, 2019

Handmaid’s Tale recap: Gilead is a place on Earth

Heaven is a place on earth, and June is saving the world one '80s pop hit at a time. Tara Ward recaps season 4, episode 9 of The Handmaid's Tale. 

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Food
Jul 19, 2019

A definitive ranking of the apples of New Zealand

Tara Ward sets out on a valiant quest to find the best apple in Aotearoa. 

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Television
Jul 13, 2019

The people inspired by extremely cool television to do extremely cool things

Meet three creative Kiwis who've been spurred by their favourite TV show to take on some gloriously niche projects.

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Television
Jul 12, 2019

The Handmaid’s Tale recap: Aunt Lydia in sequins

Welcome back to hell for a special episode of The Handmaid’s Tale, where we finally discover what makes Aunt Lydia tick. Spoiler: it’s karaoke.

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Food
Jul 8, 2019

Hell in a hamcart: New Zealand’s descent into a fiery pit of food fury

Only a few days ago, all was quiet and calm. And then, out of the blue, a series of culinary news stories hit that soon had New Zealand frothing at the mouth.

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Television
Jul 5, 2019

The Handmaid’s Tale recap: Beating around the dystopian bush

It was another wacky week in our favourite dystopia, with some walking, some dancing and a whole lot of shouting. Tara Ward recaps the latest episode of The Handmaid’s Tale.

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