Tara Ward

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

Television
Dec 12, 2017

Outlander recap: A watery farewell before the drought sets in

Tara Ward counts down the top ten moments from the finale of Outlander season three. Contains major spoilers, obviously. 

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Television
Aug 17, 2017

Ned Stark is alive and well and trapped in a British stoner comedy

Tara Ward watches Wasted, a trippy British comedy starring Sean Bean as every famous Sean Bean character ever. 

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Television
Aug 9, 2017

Not entirely chilled to the bone yet? Try Scandi-noir this winter!

Got a thirst for chilling mysteries in even colder places? Tara Ward rounds up the best in Nordic Noir on Lightbox.

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Television
Aug 4, 2017

10 things I learned from Back Benches this week

Tara Ward watches Prime TV's Back Benches amidst an exciting week for both politics and local colouring book production.

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Television
Jul 31, 2017

Jane Yee* on The Block: why was everyone so chilled out?

With Jane Yee away this week, Tara Ward steps in to talk vibes, chill, and more vibes on week five of The Block NZ.

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Television
Jul 25, 2017

IMPORTANT: there’s a skivvy’d Frank in the new Outlander trailer

Your aunty's favourite show, Outlander, is returning exclusively to Lightbox September 11. Tara Ward watched the brand new trailer and had some thoughts.

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Television
Jul 21, 2017

Set sail for the anthropological reality TV paradise of Love Island

Tara Ward washes up on the shores of Love Island, the British reality sensation that has been compared to the works of Chaucer and Shakespeare.

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Television
Jul 10, 2017

Real life read: I binge-watched all of Filthy Rich in one go

She missed it the first time around, so Tara Ward decided to watch the first season of Filthy Rich in one marathon binge.

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Television
Jul 6, 2017

Outlander and more shows that deserve the Lost in Austen treatment

Tara Ward watches Lost in Austen, the time travel literary TV show, and drums up some more classic stories that could do with a bit of tinkering.

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Television
Jun 30, 2017

Beware the fierce as heck 18th century women of Harlots

With Harlots arriving exclusively to Lightbox today, Tara Ward delves into the teaser trailer for the women-led period drama.

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Television
Jun 28, 2017

What the hell has happened to Lily from the Big Save Furniture ads?

After noticing that something strange has happened to Lily from Big Save, Tara Ward delves into her rich, loud, bargain-filled history.

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Television
Jun 23, 2017

I turned on the television and watched only the ads for five hours

Tara Ward does the unthinkable: turning on her television and looking for nothing but sweet, sweet ads.

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Television
Jun 21, 2017

Droughtlander: Ten simple ways to survive the Outlander drought

Struggling to make it to September without new Outlander episodes? Tara Ward offers some suggestions to see you through.

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Television
Jun 9, 2017

Welcome to the future, let John Campbell and Nigel Latta be your guides

Nigel Latta and John Campbell are going to lead New Zealand into a brave new future in TVNZ's multi-night extravaganza What Next? Tara Ward does the questionnaire that will decide our fate.

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Television
May 31, 2017

The top 10 most popular Shortland Street episodes of all time

Shortland's Street big blowout 25th anniversary might be over, but we're still in the mood to celebrate. From births to deaths, with hostages, heists and cliffhangers aplenty in between, Tara Ward counts down the most-watched Shorty episodes EVER.

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Television
May 28, 2017

Real life read: I survived Chris Warner’s disastrous 50th birthday party

Tara Ward recounts the surreal experience of being invited to Chris Warner's intimate 50th birthday shindig – eruptions and all.

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Television
May 17, 2017

More reasons why Abby Lee Miller from Dance Moms should have gone to jail ages ago

With Dance Moms supervillian Abby Lee Miller heading to the slammer for income fraud, Tara Ward puts her on trial for a few more crimes.

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Television
May 11, 2017

All Star Family Feud revealed Dom Bowden’s troubled, troubled soul

Breaking news: All Star Family Feud just proved that romance is not dead. Nay, it is alive and kicking its way through a warm trans-Tasman current of love while wearing a new pair of Orewa Life Saving Club budgie smugglers.

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Television
May 4, 2017

Why you should invite The Americans to your next costume party

Tara Ward breaks down the most memorable disguises from spy drama The Americans.

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Television
Apr 24, 2017

What can we expect from Married at First Sight New Zealand?

How will Three add some Kiwi flavour to the unmissable televised trainwreck that is Married at First Sight? Tara Ward has some suggestions.

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Television
Apr 18, 2017

Deal with it: Outlander just dropped a season three trailer like a hot haggis

Tara Ward drops her shortbread in fright as a brand new trailer for Outlander season three arrives out of nowhere.

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Television
Apr 14, 2017

Why is there such crap television scheduled over the Easter break?

Tara Ward goes on a wild Easter hunt to find any half-decent free-to-air television this long weekend.

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Television
Apr 7, 2017

The 10 stages of pub quiz grief according to Nothing Trivial

Everything Tara Ward knows, she has learned from Shane Cortese and the Nothing Trivial gang. Here she outlines the 10 stages of pub quiz grief.

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Television
Mar 31, 2017

Rumour has it that every day at 6pm ‘The News’ is screened: The Spinoff investigates

Sometimes New Zealand broadcast television feels like a wasteland, so we set our weekly columnist Tara the tallest, most regrettable task imaginable: recapping The News.

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Television
Mar 14, 2017

Xena’s gums and more greatest hits from All Talk With Anika Moa

Tara Ward watched Māori TV's bumper compilation of wild moments from All Talk With Anika Moa last night, and reports back with the cream of the crop.

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Television
Mar 10, 2017

Goodbye my Deirdre, goodbye my friend

Tara Ward gives a tearful farewell to Deirdre, the bespectacled Black Eyed Pea-fanatic of Coronation Street.

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Television
Mar 6, 2017

There’s a new cat reality show and fur real, it’s litter-ally purrfect

Our in-house animal reality TV expert Tara Ward watches Keeping Up With the Kattashians, which is about exactly that you think.

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