Tara Ward

Tara Ward writes about television and pop culture.

Society
Oct 23, 2020

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is in NZ and he needs to meet Joe Biden the Island Bay octopus

What brought him here, and what can he expect from his visit?

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Politics
Oct 21, 2020

Solved: The mystery of Nick Smith's 'jam and scones' election billboard

It was the campaign we could have all got behind: strong tea, more jam, better scones. How the heck did that sign end up on Nick Smith’s wall? 

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Television
Oct 19, 2020

Meet the very good dogs of TVNZ's canine contest Dog Almighty

They're competing to be named top dog, but they've already won our hearts.

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Television
Oct 18, 2020

The best, the worst and the weirdest of last night’s election TV coverage

Hilary desperately dinged a bell to shut John up, and John flipped Hilary the bird.

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Television
Oct 12, 2020

Ranked: Steve Parr’s greatest ‘Steve Parr Slides’ on Sale of the Century

The nineties gameshow Sale of the Century may be all but forgotten, but host Steve Parr's trademark stage-left entrance will live on forever.

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Television
Oct 8, 2020

Ranking New Zealand’s top tear-jerking TV ads

Get in touch with your emotional side by reliving some of our most heartwarming commercials on TV.

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Media
Oct 1, 2020

Zealandia: The sci-fi short film that Covid-19 turned into a social drama

The Spinoff talks to Zealandia, a short film depicting a futuristic New Zealand in the midst of a global pandemic, written long before Covid-19. 

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Television
Sep 18, 2020

Farmer Wants a Wife’s Harry on his search for love: ‘I’ve never been so exhausted’

Tara Ward chats to Farmer Harry, one of the Australian bachelors looking for love on reality series The Farmer Wants a Wife. 

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Television
Sep 15, 2020

So much more than a home reno show: The simple joys of Grand Designs NZ

Grand Designs NZ isn't just about the buildings, it's about the people who fill them.

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NEON
Sep 8, 2020

What happens on Love Island USA does not stay on Love Island USA

Grab your Factor 50 and put all your eggs into someone else’s basket, because a new season of Love Island USA just landed on Neon. 

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Television
Sep 7, 2020

Hopes, hearts and hornbags collide on the new season of The Farmer Wants a Wife

It might be the most bonkers reality show of all, but Farmer Wants a Wife is back for 2020.

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Television
Aug 26, 2020

Review: Mystic takes Pony Club Secrets and turns it into a gripping teen drama

Looking for a family friendly drama to enjoy this lockdown? TVNZ's new teen series Mystic might be the perfect choice. 

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Television
Aug 22, 2020

All that glitters is not Gloss: Shortland Street reunites the stars of NZ’s classic 80s drama

It's the television reunion you didn't know you needed, and a reminder of one of the best New Zealand shows you might never have seen. 

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Television
Aug 20, 2020

Review: Glow Up NZ shows that makeup is more than skin deep

Glow Up NZ is the latest reality franchise to hit New Zealand screens, and Tara Ward discovers a show with plenty of heart. 

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Television
Aug 16, 2020

Netflix’s Selling Sunset gives you a glimpse of glamour, but not much else

The latest season of Selling Sunset just dropped, but Tara Ward recommends that you set your expectations as low as that sun.

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Television
Aug 15, 2020

In the World’s Toughest Race, Bear Grylls is the gift that just keeps on going

You don't have to leave your couch to enjoy Grylls' new show, it's right there on Amazon Prime Video.

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Television
Aug 13, 2020

INSiDE: the lockdown TV drama that Prime wants to keep locked away

A new Kiwi drama about life in lockdown was dropped from Prime's schedule, just days before it was due to start. What's going on?

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Television
Aug 8, 2020

Lifetime television is finally in NZ, so it’s time to dive into the trash tip

Looking for a wonderfully trashy movie to watch? TVNZ OnDemand now has some of Lifetime's best dramas for your viewing pleasure. 

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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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