Tara Ward

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

Television
Apr 12, 2018

The official Spinoff predictions for The Great Kiwi Bake Off

This week, TVNZ announced our very own local version of The Great British Bake Off, The Great Kiwi Bake Off. Tara Ward comes in hot with her predictions of what it could possibly be like.

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Television
Apr 6, 2018

Ten ways to tell if your neighbours are actually Russian spies

The Americans is not only one of the best shows on TV right now, it's an education tool. Tara Ward studied the show and came away with tips on how to decipher if your real-life neighbours are also real-life spies.

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Television
Mar 21, 2018

Your field guide to the sitcom that lets you relive your 80s kid dreams

It's got big hair, rollerskating, and Reebok hi-tops, but what exactly is The Goldbergs? Tara Ward is here to give you the low-down on this 80s-set sitcom, which drops all four of its seasons on Lightbox today.

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Television
Mar 14, 2018

The Great British Bake Off returns and – surprise! – it’s as good as ever

The Great British Bake Off returned to Prime last night. Amateur baker and Bake Off fan Tara Ward was watching to see how the new Mel, Sue and Mary-less season fared.

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Television
Mar 8, 2018

Ten brilliant TV shows created by awesome women

Cops, doctors, variety shows writers, reality show producers, women are running the show – and running the shows. To celebrate International Women’s Day, Tara Ward salutes ten of Lightbox’s best shows made by women.

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Television
Mar 3, 2018

The official Spinoff property survey of the Shortland Street suburb of Ferndale

Shortland Street expert Tara Ward finds the best – and worst – places to live in the mythical Auckland suburb of Ferndale.

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Television
Feb 22, 2018

Community’s 10 weirdest episodes… ever

It was one of the most critically acclaimed cult shows of the late-00s, and it's coming to Lightbox today. Tara Ward runs down Community's most gloriously wackadoo episodes.

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Television
Feb 14, 2018

From the Empire State Building to Craigh na Dun: TV’s most romantic gestures

Need some ideas for a crazy romantic gesture this Valentine's? Tara Ward's got you covered with some of the best and most outlandish romantic gestures from the streaming screen.

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Television
Feb 6, 2018

Why you need an urgent appointment with The Good Doctor

Tara Ward watches The Good Doctor on Lightbox and tells you why you should be tuning in to the new Grey's Anatomy. 

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Television
Feb 6, 2018

Which brainiac from The Chase is the most legendary of them all?

Tara Ward will probably never be a Chaser on The Chase, but by gum will she power rank them in order of supreme dominance.

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Television
Feb 2, 2018

Our guide to the shiniest stars in Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams

Tara Ward stargazes beneath the celeb-studded galaxy of Philip K Dick's Electric Dreams. 

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Television
Jan 22, 2018

Where were you when Suzanne Paul lifted a truck with a vacuum cleaner?

Tara Ward witnesses Suzanne Paul do something extraordinary — not for the first time and not for the last time. 

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Television
Dec 21, 2017

It’s time to indulge in all the Christmas TV specials you can handle

Tara Ward rounds up some of the most delicious Christmas TV specials for you to feast upon this holiday season.

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Television
Dec 18, 2017

The Shortland Street Christmas cliffhanger just left us at sea

Tara Ward watches the power-chucking, beard-itching, blood-soaked finale to Shortland Street. Contains spoilers. 

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Television
Dec 12, 2017

Outlander recap: A watery farewell before the drought sets in

Tara Ward counts down the top ten moments from the finale of Outlander season three. Contains major spoilers, obviously. 

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Television
Dec 5, 2017

Outlander recap: Jamie and Claire make love with their eyes

Tara Ward counts down the top ten moments from the twelfth episode of Outlander season three. Contains major spoilers, obviously.

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Television
Nov 30, 2017

Remember when Ryan Gosling came here and made Young Hercules?

Tara Ward falls in crazy, stupid, love with Young Hercules, the bizarre 90s classic made in New Zealand and starring a young Ryan Gosling.

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Television
Nov 28, 2017

Outlander recap: Claire wakes up with a python

Tara Ward counts down the top ten moments from the eleventh episode of Outlander season three. Contains major spoilers, obviously. 

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Television
Nov 21, 2017

Outlander recap: Jamie makes a spectacle of himself

Tara Ward counts down the top ten moments from ‘Heaven and Earth’, the tenth episode of Outlander season three. Contains major spoilers, obviously.

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Television
Nov 17, 2017

Why is New Zealand so thirsty for Graham Norton’s big red chair?

Tara Ward does a deep dive into one of New Zealand's weirdest national obsessions – our unwavering desire to tell a story in a big velvet chair on telly.

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Television
Nov 14, 2017

Outlander recap: Jamie likes big boats and he cannot lie

Tara Ward counts down the top ten moments from ‘The Doldrums’, the ninth episode of Outlander season three. Contains major spoilers, obviously.

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Television
Nov 7, 2017

Outlander recap: Jamie Fraser is the Lord of the Dance

Tara Ward counts down the top ten moments from ‘First Wife’, the eighth episode of Outlander season three. Contains major spoilers, obviously. 

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Television
Nov 3, 2017

Rachel Hunter is the only beauty guru you’ll ever need

With another tremendous season of Rachel Hunter's Tour of Beauty coming to an end, Tara Ward rounds up some key tips for better living. 

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Television
Oct 31, 2017

Outlander recap: The reunion bubble has well and truly popped

Tara Ward counts down the top ten moments from ‘Creme de Menthe’, the seventh episode of Outlander season three. Contains major spoilers, obviously. 

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Television
Oct 26, 2017

The Briscoes Lady’s guide to unlocking eternal happiness

Despite 30 years of relentless sales, the Briscoes Lady remains as energetic and positive as ever. Tara Ward tries to figure out why. 

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Television
Oct 24, 2017

Top ten moments from a very long and sexy Outlander reunion

Tara Ward counts down the top ten moments from 'A. Malcolm', the sixth episode of Outlander season three. Contains major spoilers, obviously. 

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