Tara Ward

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

Television
May 23, 2019

What the hell is LEGO Masters and why is it so great?

LEGO Masters is a new show that will grab you by the heart with its extendable Technic arm and never let go. Tara Ward finds out what it’s all about.

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Television
May 2, 2019

The fightback begins: What we learned from the new Handmaid's Tale trailer

A close reading of the brand new, oddly hopeful trailer for season three of The Handmaid's Tale.

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Television
Apr 23, 2019

What happened when I watched all 12 hours of Go South

Over Easter, Prime aired a piece of slow television gold: Go South. Tara Ward watched the whole thing.

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Television
Apr 18, 2019

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

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

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Television
Apr 12, 2019

Eight great things to watch with your kids these school holidays

It's two weeks, fourteen days, and three hundred and thirty six hours of school holidays to fill. What better way to fill it than a bunch of great TV? Tara Ward runs down the best shows on Lightbox to watch with your kids these school holidays.

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Television
Apr 2, 2019

Move over Isaac, there’s a new Newton’s Law in town

What is Newton's Law, or more important who is Newton and what is her law? Tara Ward has the lowdown.

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Television
Mar 26, 2019

Sunshine and star bakers: The Great British Bake Off is back

Blessed be the fruit loaf, The Great British Bake Off is back. Tara Ward relives the best moments from episode one of the new season of the world’s kindest TV show.

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Television
Mar 22, 2019

Seven TV shows filled with love and warmth to watch this weekend

At the end of a long week of anger and sorrow, you may need something soothing from your TV screen. If that's the case, we can help.

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Television
Mar 14, 2019

Throwback Thursday: Changing Rooms was the OG neighbours-at-war reality show

Changing Rooms was the '90s DIY show like no other. After this year’s Australian Changing Rooms reboot crashed due to low ratings, Tara Ward relives the glory days of the UK original.

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Television
Mar 8, 2019

BFFs to spend your International Women’s Day with

In honour of International Women's Day, Tara Ward rounds up the best BFFs you can hang out with through the screen.

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Television
Feb 28, 2019

What Better Things nails about being a parent

There’s a lot to love about the acclaimed comedy-drama Better Things, which returns to Lightbox for a third season this Friday. Tara Ward takes at look what the show gets right about parenting.  

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Television
Feb 15, 2019

Why it’s the perfect time to reheat 90s icon Cold Feet

With a new season of the much-loved drama Cold Feet beginning next week on TVNZ1, Tara Ward takes a trip down memory lane to remind us all why it remains such an iconic show.

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Television
Feb 8, 2019

A tribute to New Zealand’s finest: John ‘Cocksy’ Cocks

New Zealand’s first celebrity builder, John "Cocksy” Cocks, died yesterday. Tara Ward takes a look back on some of his finest television moments.

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Television
Feb 5, 2019

Wake up, world: Season three of The Handmaid’s Tale is coming

Blessed be the fruit, we have been sent a good teaser. A new trailer for season three of The Handmaid’s Tale landed yesterday, and Tara Ward takes a look.

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Television
Jan 31, 2019

Holy time-travelling culottes! The top 10 moments of Outlander season 4

Outlander is over for another year, but don't let #droughtlander get you down. Tara Ward keeps the thirst at bay with a look back on some of season four's best moments. 

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Television
Jan 28, 2019

Outlander recap: Lightning crashes, a sad Jamie cries

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that the path to the Idiot Hut is paved with trouble. Tara Ward recaps the dramatic season finale of Outlander.

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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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