Tara Ward

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

Society
Jan 23, 2020

Official ruling: When is it too late to say 'Happy New Year'?

Tara Ward makes a difficult call.

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Television
Jan 21, 2020

A new year on NZ TV: Jesse Mulligan has a carrot and he's on a 'path to hotness'

Tara Ward tuned in to the first episodes of Breakfast, The AM Show, The Project NZ and Seven Sharp to find out just what the New Year would bring.

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Television
Jan 17, 2020

Who the hell are the celebs on The X-Factor UK: Celebrity?

Tara Ward breaks down the full line-up for The X-Factor UK: Celebrity and we promise you'll recognise at least a few of them.

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Television
Jan 16, 2020

Mother, may I sleep with garbage: The trashiest movies to watch on ThreeNow

Tara Ward takes a deep dive into some of the most outrageous, cliched and batshit made-for-TV movies hiding away on ThreeNow. 

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TVNZ
Jan 13, 2020

You keep us hanging on: Celebrating the best-ever Shortland Street cliffhangers

Tara Ward pens a tribute to the one constant in New Zealand television: The Shortland Street Christmas cliffhanger.  

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TVNZ
Jan 5, 2020

All the things in David Attenborough’s new series that will make you cry

The gentle godfather of nature returns in Seven Worlds: One Planet on TVNZ 1 tonight, and you best have your tissues at the ready. 

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Television
Jan 3, 2020

The mystery of Jamie Fraser’s wig: a special Outlander investigation

Starz released a promo photo for Season 5 of Outlander, and the world shifted on its axis. And finally, Jamie Fraser’s wig is actually perfect, writes Tara Ward.

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Television
Dec 23, 2019

Ranking the baking skills of the contestants on Celebrity Bake Off NZ

Just when you thought Great Kiwi Bake Off was over, a bunch of celebrities took over the tent to raise money for charity. Tara Ward ranks their performance, poo biscuits and all.

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Television
Dec 23, 2019

The definitive guide to what to watch on telly this Christmas

Stuck for something good to watch this Christmas? We’ve picked the television highlights for everyone this festive period.

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Television
Dec 18, 2019

No more yuks: Falling in and out of love with The Marvelous Mrs Maisel

With the arrival of season three of the Emmy award-winning Amazon show The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, Tara Ward explains her topsy-turvy love affair with the show’s infuriating heroine.

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TVNZ
Dec 17, 2019

First, clench your jaw: The perfect recipe for a quality British crime drama

Another British drama, another moody small town with more murders than actual people – but what makes a truly great one? Drama masterchef Tara Ward has the recipe down.

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TVNZ
Dec 7, 2019

10 of the most bonkers acts to ever grace Britain’s Got Talent

Before Britain's Got Talent: Champions hits our screens tonight, let's take a fond look back at some of the show's weirdest and most wonderful acts.

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Society
Dec 5, 2019

A tribute to The Lettering Book, which turned school kids into graphic designers

Tara Ward remembers the book that made every school project sing.

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TVNZ
Dec 2, 2019

How to get your NZ film education without leaving your house

Looking for the best of our local film content? Look no further than TVNZ OnDemand. Tara Ward catches up on the service's New Zealand movie selection.

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Television
Nov 28, 2019

What the heck is Flirty Dancing, the dating show taking the world by storm

Its the British reality show that sees singles meet their potential partner on the dance floor. But what's the special sauce that's made Flirty Dancing go viral?

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Television
Nov 22, 2019

A game show crossover like no other: The Chase meets Tipping Point

Hidden in the deep bowels of the internet is an episode of television too good to be true: Tipping Point Lucky Stars, featuring the geniuses of The Chase.

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Television
Nov 15, 2019

Review: Kids’ TV show Goodnight Kiwi is short but very, very sweet

Tara Ward reviews Goodnight Kiwi, a new series that features well known New Zealanders reading bedtime stories to kids and brings the iconic bird back to our screens. 

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TVNZ
Nov 13, 2019

Spiky Gold Hunters is Country Calendar for hard arses

Premiering tonight on DUKE, Tara Ward explores the salty depths of Spiky Gold Hunters. 

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TVNZ
Nov 12, 2019

TVNZ’s new animal documentary has more drama than the Lion King

Ahead of TVNZ1's new wildlife documentary Serengeti, Tara Ward presents the best animals that make up the juiciest drama on the plains. If you love nature docos filled with argy-bargy and …

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Television
Nov 6, 2019

Review: Dickinson finds a lively teenage soul in a long dead poet

Tara Ward reviews Dickinson, a dishy romp through the teenage years of Emily Dickinson.

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TVNZ
Nov 4, 2019

Meet the survivors of Survivor Australia: Champions V Contenders

Tara Ward takes a closer look at the famous and not-so-famous Aussies vying to become Sole Survivor.

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Television
Nov 3, 2019

The Great Kiwi Bake Off Power Rankings: Spongey balls to blow your socks off

The Great Kiwi Bake Off is back for a second season, and all is right with the world again. Tara Ward serves up the power rankings for week one.

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Television
Oct 31, 2019

A definitive guide to every streaming service available in New Zealand

Tara Ward takes a closer look at the myriad of TV streaming services available in New Zealand, and what's available on each of them.

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Top of the List
Oct 30, 2019

Five essential tips for visiting Taranaki this summer

With its snow-capped mountain, black sand beaches and rich arts culture, Taranaki is a region absolutely bursting with hidden gems.

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Television
Oct 22, 2019

The trailer for season three of The Crown is here and so is Queen Olivia Colman

The trailer for the third season of The Crown just dropped. Tara Ward sees what's in store for the Queen this season.

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Television
Oct 21, 2019

Meet the bakers of The Great Kiwi Bake Off 2019

Tara Ward runs down the contestants for the 2019 season of The Great Kiwi Bake Off.

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