Tara Ward

Tara Ward writes about television and pop culture.

Television
Mar 3, 2021
Moses, Moses sitting behind a tree.

The Bachelor NZ power rankings: Moses has roses

Many of the women excel, but only one of them Excels.

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Television
Mar 2, 2021

Holy Moses! Who are the women looking for love on The Bachelor NZ?

Meet the women competing for a rose, and Moses Mackay’s heart.

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Books
Feb 20, 2021
Twelve cats and dogs from the Hairy Maclary books, arranged on a bright yellow pawprint background

Ranking every creature in the Hairy Maclary universe

Content warning: features fanfiction involving Miss Plum and a juicy bone.

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Television
Feb 19, 2021

Hello darkness, my old friend: After 25 years, evil nurse Carla is back on Shortland Street

Like a truck through a hospital, Shortland Street’s greatest villain is back with a bang.

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Television
Feb 17, 2021

Hold on to your hearts, Moses Mackay is the new Bachelor NZ

Singer, actor and all-round good guy Moses Mackay is the new single bloke handing out the roses on The Bachelor NZ. 

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Television
Feb 17, 2021

Recap: The Bachelorette makes a detour to Pash City

Longtime Bachelor fans Jane Yee and Tara Ward review the highs and lows of the third week of The Bachelorette NZ. 

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NEON
Feb 16, 2021

Why Men in Kilts is the travel show we need right now

Two Outlander stars want to take you on the road trip of your Scottish dreams. 

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Television
Feb 4, 2021

What’s going on with Grand Designs NZ?

New Zealand’s favourite architectural series is undergoing a transformation of its own. 

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Television
Jan 22, 2021

Who are the men looking for love on The Bachelorette NZ?

Tara Ward hands out her first impression roses as she dives deep into the sea of single men vying to win The Bachelorette NZ’s heart. 

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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
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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