Tara Ward

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

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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Television
Dec 10, 2018

Outlander recap: A long snake in a long drop

Last week saw a hat-eating pig on Fraser’s Ridge, this week there was a snake in the dunny. What other joys await us in the next episode of Outlander? Tara …

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Television
Dec 4, 2018

The Great Kiwi Bake Off power rankings: Swans, swans on the side of my face

Welcome to Pastry Week, my little overstuffed cherubs. Tara Ward power ranks episode eight of the delicious televisual feast that is The Great Kiwi Bake Off.

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Television
Dec 4, 2018

Outlander recap: The return of a saintly man

Stand aside, Jamie Fraser, there’s a new pork chop in town. Tara Ward recaps ‘Savages’, episode five of the fourth season of Outlander.

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Freeview
Dec 3, 2018

The Freeview documentary guide to getting smarter

You've already met the new Freeview On Demand – now it's time to get acquainted with the documentaries on it. Tara Ward has you sorted. Don’t listen to what your parents …

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Television
Nov 27, 2018

The Great Kiwi Bake Off Power Rankings: Free from gluten, free from sin

The rain poured down on the Great Kiwi Bake Off this week. Were the gods crying because Clayton had gone, or because they’d heard it was 'Free From' Week?

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Television
Nov 27, 2018

Outlander recap: Jamie and Claire show a bear who’s boss

The new world ain't so new anymore - especially when you're killing bears who might not actually be bears, and when your Mum has already been there for approximately two hundred years. Tara Ward recaps episode four of season four of Outlander.

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Television
Nov 20, 2018

The Great Kiwi Bake Off, episode six: Cocks on pies

This week GKBO showed us what baking heaven really looks like: a cock on a pie. Welcome, ye olde roosters, to Pies and Tarts Week.

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