Tara Ward

Tara Ward writes about television and pop culture.

Television
Jan 18, 2021

All the weird, wonderful moments from the return of Breakfast and The AM Show

Breakfast TV news is back for 2021, and Tara Ward got up early to watch. 

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Television
Jan 12, 2021

Part teen comedy-drama, part education, The Eggplant is a quintessentially Kiwi watch

It’s an emoji, it’s a vegetable, and now it’s a government-funded comedy-drama that aims to educate young people about digital safety.

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Society
Jan 11, 2021

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

Tara Ward makes a difficult call.

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Television
Jan 2, 2021

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
Dec 23, 2020

The best and worst of free-to-air television this Christmas

Looking for something great to watch on broadcast television this Christmas? Good luck. 

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Television
Dec 22, 2020

Ten TV shows we were all talking about in 2020

Ashley Bloomfield might’ve been our most watched TV star of 2020, but there was other stuff too.

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Television
Dec 15, 2020
Television
Dec 11, 2020

Happy birthday, Coronation Street: NZ’s favourite soap turns 60

Coronation Street’s cast share why they think the show has endured for so long. 

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Books
Dec 9, 2020

Stack ’em up: the most-borrowed library books of 2020

When times got tough we turned, as ever, to Jack Reacher.

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Television
Dec 6, 2020

Everything you need to know about the new brainbox on The Chase

There's a new Chaser in town, and it's finally time to meet them. 

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Television
Dec 5, 2020

The 1999 doco that shows how affordable Auckland home ownership once was

It's always been tough to buy a house, and nobody knows that better than Mike Hosking.

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Television
Nov 26, 2020

‘Tis the season to be Dolly

Can we ever get enough of Dolly Parton? The answer is no.

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Television
Nov 19, 2020

WTF is The Masked Singer NZ?

The Masked Singer NZ is the bizarre, top-secret singing contest that’s hitting our TV screens next year. What can we expect?

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Television
Nov 10, 2020

BREAKING: The Crown has disrespected a national treasure

First they came for our pavlova, now they’ve come for our Buzzy Bees.

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Television
Nov 6, 2020

WTF: Carmen’s back on Shortland Street, but it’s not what you think

Shortland Street nurse Carmen Roberts has risen from the dead, and the show seems to think nobody will notice. 

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Television
Oct 30, 2020

The breakout star of the new season of The Crown is… New Zealand

London-based Māori group Ngāti Rānana has confirmed they were involved in filming a haka scene for the fourth season of The Crown.

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Television
Oct 26, 2020

Top Town: The Kiwi game show that brought the nation together

Timaru, Waihi, Greymouth and Woodville entered; only one could emerge the winner. Tara Ward looks back at one of the most exciting moments in regional New Zealand history: the grand final of Top Town.

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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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