Tara Ward

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

Television
Jul 13, 2019

The people inspired by extremely cool television to do extremely cool things

Meet three creative Kiwis who've been spurred by their favourite TV show to take on some gloriously niche projects.

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Television
Jul 12, 2019

The Handmaid's Tale recap: Aunt Lydia in sequins

Welcome back to hell for a special episode of The Handmaid’s Tale, where we finally discover what makes Aunt Lydia tick. Spoiler: it’s karaoke.

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Food
Jul 8, 2019

Hell in a hamcart: New Zealand's descent into a fiery pit of food fury

Only a few days ago, all was quiet and calm. And then, out of the blue, a series of culinary news stories hit that soon had New Zealand frothing at the mouth.

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Television
Jul 5, 2019

The Handmaid’s Tale recap: Beating around the dystopian bush

It was another wacky week in our favourite dystopia, with some walking, some dancing and a whole lot of shouting. Tara Ward recaps the latest episode of The Handmaid’s Tale.

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Television
Jul 3, 2019

Stu and Amy are back on the Block NZ and everyone is shook

In a surprise twist that left everyone stunned, Stu and Amy returned to The Block NZ this week. But are they here to stay, and if not, who should replace them? Tara Ward has some ideas.

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Television
Jun 28, 2019

The Handmaid’s Tale recap: Handmaid June goes to Washington

Aunt Lydia's pumped, Fred's pumped, we're all pumped for this week's episode of The Handmaid's Tale. Tara Ward recaps episode six of season three.

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Television
Jun 27, 2019

Review: The Feijoa Club is homegrown greatness for kids and adults alike

The Feijoa Club is a new Kiwi children’s comedy that launched on Hei Hei this week. Tara Ward checked it out, and reckons it’s one of the best home-grown shows to hit our screens in a long time.

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Society
Jun 25, 2019

Power-ranking New Zealand’s biggest, stupidest monuments

Tara Ward power-ranks our nation's most valuable, revenue-generating resource: Our big-ass rural monuments.

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Television
Jun 21, 2019

The Handmaid’s Tale recap: She’s not the woman you remember

Serena takes a quick trip to Canada, June discovers the power of a mixtape and Fred has another dumb idea.

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Society
Jun 19, 2019

Who would win in a fight: Walking Boy or Quasi the giant hand?

It’s the biggest question in public art: which of these strolling sculptures would smash the other?

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Television
Jun 17, 2019

What you need to know about The Block NZ: Firehouse

Sound the alarm, evacuate the building and douse the entire city of Auckland in flame-proof retardant, because The Block NZ is back, and this season is: Firehouse! 

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Television
Jun 14, 2019

The Handmaid’s Tale recap: Make way for Aunt Lydia

There ain’t no party like a Gilead party, as June enjoys a dedication, a mobility scooter and some poolside plotting in this week’s episode of The Handmaid’s Tale. Tara Ward recaps.

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Science
Jun 14, 2019

Testing New Plymouth’s new yoghurt pottle road

An innovative new roading system is being trialled in New Plymouth that could reduce the amount of plastic sent to landfill.

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Television
Jun 11, 2019

The weirdest and most wonderful Kiwi celebrity endorsements

Stan Walker just made Postie Plus cool again, but he’s not the first celeb brand ambassador to raise our collective eyebrows.

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Television
Jun 10, 2019

Meet Love Island, the clothes-optional UK reality show taking over NZ

British reality TV sensation Love Island is back on NZ screens, this season at the extremely questionable time of 5pm. But what is it? And why are people so obsessed? Shave …

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Television
Jun 7, 2019

The Handmaid’s Tale season three recaps: Bonnets off, ladies

In the words of wise old owl Aunt Lydia, good things come to those who wait. Tara Ward recaps the first three episodes of The Handmaid's Tale season three.

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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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