Tara Ward

Tara Ward writes about television and pop culture.

Television
Sep 17, 2021

It’s official: The AM Show has gone just as bonkers as Breakfast

How has Auckland's long lockdown affected The AM Show? Tara Ward tuned in this morning to find out.

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Television
Sep 15, 2021

Celebrity Treasure Island power rankings: To the victor go the oils

It’s week two of Celebrity Treasure Island, and the games are just beginning. 

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Television
Sep 11, 2021

Allyson Gofton was New Zealand’s first food influencer

As Food in A Minute celebrates its 25th birthday, its former host talks to Tara Ward about the classic ‘90s TV spots that took home cooking to a new dimension. 

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Television
Sep 8, 2021

Celebrity Treasure Island power rankings: Welcome to the poo cave

Hoo roo everyone, and welcome to week one of the Celebrity Treasure Island 2021 power rankings.

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Television
Sep 3, 2021

Get to know Emmerdale, the soapy curtain raiser to the 1pm press conference

Not sure what’s happening in the British soap screening before the Ashley and Jacinda show? Wonder no more. 

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Politics
Sep 3, 2021

Politicians holding things up, ranked and reviewed

A picture paints a thousand words, which is why politicians love holding up pieces of paper and other miscellany to make a point.

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Television
Aug 26, 2021

What has New Zealand been watching this lockdown?

Lockdown means we are all watching more television than usual, but what shows did we turn to during the first week of level four?

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Television
Aug 25, 2021
Television
Aug 25, 2021

The 1pm Daily Update is back, and the IMDB reviews are in

One of the biggest local series of 2020 returned unexpectedly last week, and early reviews suggest the 2021 season might be the most popular yet. 

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Television
Aug 19, 2021

Breakfast’s shambolic weather updates are the sunshine we need right now

Today's forecast: stay in your bubble, no licking, no pashing.

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Television
Aug 19, 2021

Telethon was a glorious shambles that never slept

Celebrating the 24-hour TV party that brought New Zealand together and kept us all awake.

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Television
Aug 18, 2021

Getting through lockdown the Love Island way

Looking for ways to not only survive but thrive during the latest lockdown? Love Island has the answers. 

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Television
Aug 11, 2021

What the heck is going on with Give Us A Clue?

Tara Ward answers all your questions about TVNZ’s bewildering new game show.

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Television
Aug 1, 2021

Meet the contestants of Celebrity Treasure Island 2021

It's back and bigger than ever, with a fresh group of New Zealand stars ready to raise money for charity. 

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Television
Jul 30, 2021

Everything we learned from Lorde’s recent publicity blitz

Every weird fact the popstar has let slip over the last couple of weeks, all in one place.

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Television
Jul 24, 2021

Forget Tokyo. For me, the real opening ceremony was in the TVNZ studio

Gong! NZ's first Olympic gold goes to ... TVNZ's graphics department.

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Television
Jul 24, 2021

Ted Lasso is the heartfelt comedy the world needs right now

A new season of the charming comedy arrived on Apple TV+ last night, and Ted fans could not be more excited.

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Television
Jul 16, 2021

Every Mike Pero finger point in The Apprentice Aotearoa, ranked

It’s rude to point, unless your name is Mike Pero.

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Television
Jul 9, 2021

10 things that could (but probably won’t) happen on the new season of Virgin River

Prediction: there'll be lots more pashing in front of an open fire.

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Television
Jul 9, 2021

Every single episode of Mr Bean, ranked

Only 14 episodes of this silent comedy classic were ever made. Which one is the best?

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NEON
Jun 30, 2021

Why people keep coming back to Love Island

It’s the series people love to hate, but a long-time Love Island fan knows why the reality show is exactly her type on paper. 

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Television
Jun 29, 2021

Locking up for lockdown: What happened when Covid-19 hit The Block NZ

Last night’s episode brought the sort of drama no producer could ever have dreamed of. 

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Television
Jun 17, 2021

The Handmaid’s Tale season finale: At last, something to smile about

It’s not often you watch The Handmaid’s Tale with a smile on your face, but this finale delivered the grins.

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Television
Jun 14, 2021

Review: The Block NZ is back – and the same as it ever was

After a two year break, The Block NZ is back. Tara Ward watches the first episode of the new season.

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Television
Jun 13, 2021

The Masked Singer NZ finale: Give it a hoon, bro

Was it Sheep, Tuatara or Medusa who was unmasked as the winner of tonight's grand final? .

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Television
Jun 10, 2021

The Handmaid’s Tale recap: Hey nah, hey nah, my boyfriend’s back

The season’s nearly over, but there’s still time for June to connect with old mates.

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