Tara Ward

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

Television
Jan 21, 2019

Outlander recap: Welcome to the Idiot Hut, population Roger

It’s the pentultimate episode of Outlander season four, and things couldn’t be worse. Or could they? Tara Ward finds out.

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Television
Jan 15, 2019

Outlander recap: This Camp America sucks

It’s a grim week in Outlander as Jamie and Claire go on the camping trip from hell, Brianna reads minds, and Roger pretends to travel through time. Tara Ward recaps episode 11 of season four.

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Television
Jan 11, 2019

What the heck is Drew's Christmas Holiday and why is it so weird?

To many, Drew’s Christmas Holiday was a light-hearted comedy to keep thirsty Shortland Street fans satiated during the summer hiatus. To others, it was a terrifying descent into the soul of a confused and lonely man.

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Television
Jan 8, 2019

Outlander recap: Mother of the year, 1769

A tangled web of secrets and lies was revealed in this week’s Outlander episode, as the Frasers tried to right their wrongs. They also ate some mashed potato. Tara Ward recaps.

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Television
Dec 31, 2018

Outlander recap: A billionth reunion still feels as sweet

Outlander fans around the world rejoice, because this week's episode delivered the Fraser family reunion we’ve waited 200 years for.

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Television
Dec 24, 2018

Outlander recap: Night of the exploding hernias

It's a bad week for time-travellers, insurgents, newlyweds, blokes with misdiagnosed hernias, and basically everyone else in this week's episode of Outlander.

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Television
Dec 18, 2018

The Great Kiwi Bake Off Finale power rankings: Sausage rolling to victory

The week’s episode of the Great Kiwi Bake Off was a right old sausage-fest, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. Tara Ward power ranks the grand finale.

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Freeview
Dec 18, 2018

Howard Morrison, Telethons and Lionel Skeggins: a brief history of NZ TV

For nearly 60 years our image of who we are has been reflected back at us from the television. Tara Ward explores the evolution of TV in NZ. 

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Television
Dec 18, 2018

Outlander recap: What’s going on with Brianna?

Brianna fell down the time-travelling rabbit hole in this week’s episode of Outlander, but who did she meet there? Tara Ward recaps.

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Television
Dec 11, 2018

The Great Kiwi Bake Off power rankings: A shocking twist, and not the apple kind

Praise the the chocolate gods, you've blessed us with the nicest show on television.

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Television
Dec 10, 2018

Outlander recap: A long snake in a long drop

Last week saw a hat-eating pig on Fraser’s Ridge, this week there was a snake in the dunny. What other joys await us in the next episode of Outlander? Tara …

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Television
Dec 4, 2018

The Great Kiwi Bake Off power rankings: Swans, swans on the side of my face

Welcome to Pastry Week, my little overstuffed cherubs. Tara Ward power ranks episode eight of the delicious televisual feast that is The Great Kiwi Bake Off.

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Television
Dec 4, 2018

Outlander recap: The return of a saintly man

Stand aside, Jamie Fraser, there’s a new pork chop in town. Tara Ward recaps ‘Savages’, episode five of the fourth season of Outlander.

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Freeview
Dec 3, 2018

The Freeview documentary guide to getting smarter

You've already met the new Freeview On Demand – now it's time to get acquainted with the documentaries on it. Tara Ward has you sorted. Don’t listen to what your parents …

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Television
Nov 27, 2018

The Great Kiwi Bake Off Power Rankings: Free from gluten, free from sin

The rain poured down on the Great Kiwi Bake Off this week. Were the gods crying because Clayton had gone, or because they’d heard it was 'Free From' Week?

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Television
Nov 27, 2018

Outlander recap: Jamie and Claire show a bear who’s boss

The new world ain't so new anymore - especially when you're killing bears who might not actually be bears, and when your Mum has already been there for approximately two hundred years. Tara Ward recaps episode four of season four of Outlander.

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Television
Nov 20, 2018

The Great Kiwi Bake Off, episode six: Cocks on pies

This week GKBO showed us what baking heaven really looks like: a cock on a pie. Welcome, ye olde roosters, to Pies and Tarts Week.

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Television
Nov 19, 2018

Outlander recap: Two Frasers and a donkey named Clarence

Claire finds the foundation for her very own American Dream, while Brianna encounters second wave feminism – same difference, right? Tara Ward recaps episode three of season four of Outlander.

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Television
Nov 13, 2018

The Great Kiwi Bake Off power rankings: Step inside my Biscuit Birdhouse of Love

It’s week 5 of GKBO, which means we’re halfway through our delectable voyage into baking nirvana. Tara Ward power-ranks the performances.

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Television
Nov 12, 2018

Outlander recap: You’re not in Scotland anymore, Dorothy

Claire and Jamie aren't in Lallybroch anymore. They're in Kansas (or somewhere south of there). Tara Ward recaps the second episode of season four of Outlander.

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Television
Nov 6, 2018

The Great Kiwi Bake Off power rankings: Scone but not forgotten

Zip yourself into your sourdough onesie and relax into your ciabatta couch, because it’s Bread Week, my little GKBO doughballs of happiness. Tara Ward power-ranks episode four.

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Television
Nov 5, 2018

Outlander just made a bloody strong (and sexy) return

Tara Ward recaps the rollicking premiere of Outlander season four, available exclusively on Lightbox. Contains major spoilers.

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Television
Oct 30, 2018

The Great Kiwi Bake Off Power Rankings: Pavlova puts national pride on the line

Polish off your whisk and separate your egg whites because it's Dessert Week on The Great Kiwi Bake Off. 

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Television
Oct 23, 2018

The Great Kiwi Bake Off power rankings: Sweet tops and salty bottoms

The slice of heaven that is The Great Kiwi Bake Off was this week awash with sweet and/or salty caramel. Tara Ward gives us the power rankings.

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Society
Oct 23, 2018

The Spinoff reviews New Zealand #72: Kowhai Park, the nation’s best playground

Best playground in New Zealand? According to whom, exactly? Tara Ward and her kids review Whanganui's greatest claim to fame.

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Television
Oct 16, 2018

The Great Kiwi Bake Off Power Rankings, episode one: Welcome to Moistland

Complete with hard tops and soggy bottoms, The Great Kiwi Bake Off premiered on TVNZ2 tonight. Tara Ward has the power rankings.

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