Tara Ward

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

Television
Nov 13, 2018

The Great Kiwi Bake Off power rankings: Step inside my Biscuit Birdhouse of Love

It’s week 5 of GKBO, which means we’re halfway through our delectable voyage into baking nirvana. Tara Ward power-ranks the performances.

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Television
Jul 18, 2018

The Block NZ, week 2: Chlo chokes, Stu and Amy go for broke

This week on The Block, tempers flared like an over-primed diesel heater and emotions flowed down the broken downpipe of hopes and dreams.

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Television
Jul 16, 2018

Rabbits, powerpuffs, cavemen: The best of Lightbox for kids these holidays

We're halfway through the school holidays and you must be running out of things to do. Tara Ward's got you covered with the best things on Lightbox for you and your kids to whisk time away with.

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Television
Jul 13, 2018

The Handmaid’s Tale recap: Bustin’ out all over

We've come to the end of the dystopian conservative marathon that is the second season of The Handmaid's Tale – and oh my god what have you done, June!

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Television
Jul 11, 2018

The Block NZ, week 1: Four couples stranded like a wheelbarrow on a mudflat

The Block NZ is back, and it’s time to rejoice like we just won a Bosch kitchen upgrade that includes both a griddle and a hand blender.

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Television
Jul 8, 2018

And we’re off! Previewing this season on The Block NZ

Tonight, four enthusiastic New Zealand couples begin their journey along the giblined highway to renovation glory. 

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Television
Jul 6, 2018

Handmaid’s Tale recap: One step forward, two steps back

Love is patient, love is kind, love is not knowing what beautiful nightmares await us in next week’s season finale.

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Television
Jun 29, 2018

The Handmaid’s Tale recap: Help us Oprah, you’re our only hope

A birth, an Oprah, a Serena, a Moira, a denial, a denial, a denial. Tara Ward recaps episode 11 of The Handmaid's Tale, season 2.

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Television
Jun 22, 2018

The Handmaid’s Tale recap: Birth in Gilead

We're rocketing towards the ending of season two of The Handmaid's Tale, and Gilead is not letting up one bit. Tara Ward recaps episode 10.

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Television
Jun 15, 2018

The Handmaid’s Tale recap: Blame Canada

Welcome back to Gilead, where last week's memories of June and Serena eating croissants together are but crumbs in the dystopian toaster of our lives. Tara Ward recaps episode 9.

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Television
Jun 11, 2018

Eighteen months of Coro in two hours: how did they do?

Last night Coronation Street finally cast off 2016 and made its big 18 month leap into the present day. But first we had a lot of news to catch up on.

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Television
Jun 8, 2018

The Handmaid’s Tale recap: Women’s Work, and not the Kate Bush kind

A birth, a betrayal, a flogging. Things continue to get darker on episode 8 of The Handmaid's Tale, available on Lightbox. Tara Ward recaps.

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Television
Jun 2, 2018

Staying in for our Queen’s birthday? Here’s what to binge

You've got three days off work – why would you want to spend it outside being cold when you could be cosily binge-watching the best of Lightbox in the comfort of your own home?

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Television
Jun 1, 2018

The Handmaid’s Tale recap: A crimson coffin for your sins

Tara Ward reviews the seventh episode of this season of The Handmaid's Tale, which shipped her and her emotional stability off in a crimson coffin.

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Television
May 30, 2018

A tribute to Morag Bellingham, the legal legend of Summer Bay

Morag Bellingham QC was a rare gem in soap television: a complex, fiercely flawed character who viewers loved nonetheless.

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Television
May 18, 2018

The official Spinoff TV-watching guide to the Royal Wedding Day™

Obsessed with the royal wedding and not sure what to do with the few hours that are left in the lead-up? Proud royal(wedding)ist Tara Ward shares her pre-planning schedule.

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Television
May 12, 2018

The best of Lightbox’s mums to watch this Mother’s Day

You want mothers? Lightbox has 'em. Tara Ward takes a look at the best TV mothers to hang with this weekend.

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Television
May 10, 2018

Coronation Street is about to quantum leap into the present day

There's some huge Coronation Street news: New Zealand is in for a hardcore catch up. A shaken Tara Ward explains what's happening.

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Television
May 8, 2018

Sightsee darling: How to travel like Joanna Lumley

Patsy Stone visiting two of the most beautiful places in the world? Sold! Tara Ward watches Joanna Lumley's TWO travel series which you can watch on Lightbox right now.

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Television
Apr 12, 2018

The official Spinoff predictions for The Great Kiwi Bake Off

This week, TVNZ announced our very own local version of The Great British Bake Off, The Great Kiwi Bake Off. Tara Ward comes in hot with her predictions of what it could possibly be like.

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Television
Apr 6, 2018

Ten ways to tell if your neighbours are actually Russian spies

The Americans is not only one of the best shows on TV right now, it's an education tool. Tara Ward studied the show and came away with tips on how to decipher if your real-life neighbours are also real-life spies.

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Television
Mar 21, 2018

Your field guide to the sitcom that lets you relive your 80s kid dreams

It's got big hair, rollerskating, and Reebok hi-tops, but what exactly is The Goldbergs? Tara Ward is here to give you the low-down on this 80s-set sitcom, which drops all four of its seasons on Lightbox today.

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Television
Mar 14, 2018

The Great British Bake Off returns and – surprise! – it’s as good as ever

The Great British Bake Off returned to Prime last night. Amateur baker and Bake Off fan Tara Ward was watching to see how the new Mel, Sue and Mary-less season fared.

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Television
Mar 8, 2018

Ten brilliant TV shows created by awesome women

Cops, doctors, variety shows writers, reality show producers, women are running the show – and running the shows. To celebrate International Women’s Day, Tara Ward salutes ten of Lightbox’s best shows made by women.

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Television
Mar 3, 2018

The official Spinoff property survey of the Shortland Street suburb of Ferndale

Shortland Street expert Tara Ward finds the best – and worst – places to live in the mythical Auckland suburb of Ferndale.

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Television
Feb 22, 2018

Community’s 10 weirdest episodes… ever

It was one of the most critically acclaimed cult shows of the late-00s, and it's coming to Lightbox today. Tara Ward runs down Community's most gloriously wackadoo episodes.

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Television
Feb 14, 2018

From the Empire State Building to Craigh na Dun: TV’s most romantic gestures

Need some ideas for a crazy romantic gesture this Valentine's? Tara Ward's got you covered with some of the best and most outlandish romantic gestures from the streaming screen.

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