Tara Ward

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

TVNZ
Nov 12, 2019

TVNZ's new animal documentary has more drama than the Lion King

Ahead of TVNZ1's new wildlife documentary Serengeti, Tara Ward presents the best animals that make up the juiciest drama on the plains. If you love nature docos filled with argy-bargy and …

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Television
Nov 6, 2019

Review: Dickinson finds a lively teenage soul in a long dead poet

Tara Ward reviews Dickinson, a dishy romp through the teenage years of Emily Dickinson.

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TVNZ
Nov 4, 2019

Meet the survivors of Survivor Australia: Champions V Contenders

Tara Ward takes a closer look at the famous and not-so-famous Aussies vying to become Sole Survivor.

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Television
Nov 3, 2019

The Great Kiwi Bake Off Power Rankings: Spongey balls to blow your socks off

The Great Kiwi Bake Off is back for a second season, and all is right with the world again. Tara Ward serves up the power rankings for week one.

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Television
Oct 31, 2019

A definitive guide to every streaming service available in New Zealand

Tara Ward takes a closer look at the myriad of TV streaming services available in New Zealand, and what's available on each of them.

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Top of the List
Oct 30, 2019

Five essential tips for visiting Taranaki this summer

With its snow-capped mountain, black sand beaches and rich arts culture, Taranaki is a region absolutely bursting with hidden gems.

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Television
Oct 22, 2019

The trailer for season three of The Crown is here and so is Queen Olivia Colman

The trailer for the third season of The Crown just dropped. Tara Ward sees what's in store for the Queen this season.

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Television
Oct 21, 2019

Meet the bakers of The Great Kiwi Bake Off 2019

Tara Ward runs down the contestants for the 2019 season of The Great Kiwi Bake Off.

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Television
Oct 17, 2019

Netflix’s A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby will be predictable, clichéd and perfect

Tara Ward looks at what Netflix’s new movie A Christmas Prince: A Royal Baby could mean for us all.

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Television
Oct 15, 2019

Yes, Shortland Street is the best we can do

If you don't like Shortland Street, or you're unconvinced that Michael Galvin actually is a doctor, does that mean all New Zealand television is rubbish?

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Television
Oct 10, 2019

Nancy Drew is back and darker than ever before

Nancy Drew is back, but not as we know her. A new series about the teen detective hits our screens today, and turns out to be a spooky mix of Riverdale, Sabrina and Veronica Mars all rolled into one. 

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Television
Oct 9, 2019

This is the news, Simon Dallow, but not as you know it

Think the news is boring? Think again. Tara Ward discovered some snazzy graphics on 1 News and realises that TVNZ's current affairs have been zhushed up beyond her wildest dreams.

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Television
Oct 8, 2019

Put on your time-travelling culottes and get ready: a new Outlander trailer is here

Big news for Outlander fans – the trailer for the new season of your favourite sexy time-travelling drama just landed. Outlander recapper Tara Ward tries to decipher what season five may bring.

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TVNZ
Oct 6, 2019

10 documentaries that will make you smarter and more interesting

Keen to expand your general knowledge? Behind on the sexbot craze? Want to know more local history? You could start with these documentaries on TVNZ OnDemand.

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Television
Oct 4, 2019

Taskmaster, the best game show on TV, is coming to New Zealand

Taskmaster is arguably the funniest show on television, and next year a local version will hit our screens.

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Television
Sep 29, 2019

Review: Ablaze, the gripping drama about New Zealand’s worst fire disaster

This week's Sunday Theatre feature is Ablaze, a drama about the 1947 fire at the Ballantynes Department Store in Christchurch that killed 41 people. Tara Ward reviews. 

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Local Elections
Sep 28, 2019

Race briefing: New Plymouth aka the poo emoji election

In our latest local elections 2019 race briefing (read the rest here), Tara Ward goes into the New Plymouth election campaign, which is notable for being filled with pictures of turds.

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Television
Sep 18, 2019

How to watch the Rugby World Cup 2019

With only a few more sleeps until the 2019 Rugby World Cup, Tara Ward looks at the variety of ways you can watch the tournament from the comfort of your own home.

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Television
Sep 17, 2019

Celebrity Treasure Island rankings: Where dreams are castles in the sand

It was another wild week in our favourite island paradise, as our remaining celebrities continued their quest to win cash for charity.

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Television
Sep 13, 2019

Ten must-watch shows on Māori TV right now

Tara Ward delved into Māori TV’s impressive OnDemand catalogue and found some of the best TV taonga for your viewing pleasure.  

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Television
Sep 8, 2019

Finale recap: The Block NZ live auction is officially out the gate

It’s auction night on The Block NZ, and tonight the Firehouse burned with the smell of broken hopes and dreams. Tara Ward recaps the hijinks and heartbreak of this year’s live finale.

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Television
Sep 8, 2019

Meet the cast of Married at First Sight NZ 2019

Married at First Sight NZ returns to Three tonight in a storm of controversy. Tara Ward takes a closer look at the brides and grooms who will marry a stranger in search of true love.

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Television
Sep 8, 2019

10 ways The Block NZ could be better

It's the grand finale of The Block NZ: Firehouse, but after a snooze of a season some fans are past caring. Long time Block NZ fan Tara Ward has a few ideas on how the show could get its mojo back. 

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Television
Sep 5, 2019

Celebrity Treasure Island Power Rankings: My kingdom for a couch

It's week three of Celebrity Treasure Island, and what a forking great week it was. Tara Ward power ranks our favourite celebrity contestants as they compete to win that sweet charity cash. 

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Television
Sep 1, 2019

Review: Runaway Millionaires reveals the story behind the crime that gripped a nation

Sunday Theatre’s new drama Runaway Millionaires tells the story of Kara Hurring, the Rotorua woman who in 2009 fled the country with $10 million of stolen money. Tara Ward reviews.

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Television
Aug 27, 2019

Review: Blown Away is the most gripping reality show since the British Bake-Off

If you’re a fan of niche television, Blown Away will deliver it in shards. Tara Ward reveals why you’ll fall in love with Netflix’s latest reality sensation.

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