Tara Ward

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

Television
Sep 20, 2018

Bow down to the retirement village queens of Gogglebox NZ

Gogglebox NZ takes a bunch of ordinary Kiwis, chucks them onto a sofa and films them as they watch television.

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Television
Nov 14, 2017

Outlander recap: Jamie likes big boats and he cannot lie

Tara Ward counts down the top ten moments from ‘The Doldrums’, the ninth episode of Outlander season three. Contains major spoilers, obviously.

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Television
Nov 7, 2017

Outlander recap: Jamie Fraser is the Lord of the Dance

Tara Ward counts down the top ten moments from ‘First Wife’, the eighth episode of Outlander season three. Contains major spoilers, obviously. 

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Television
Nov 3, 2017

Rachel Hunter is the only beauty guru you’ll ever need

With another tremendous season of Rachel Hunter's Tour of Beauty coming to an end, Tara Ward rounds up some key tips for better living. 

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Television
Oct 31, 2017

Outlander recap: The reunion bubble has well and truly popped

Tara Ward counts down the top ten moments from ‘Creme de Menthe’, the seventh episode of Outlander season three. Contains major spoilers, obviously. 

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Television
Oct 26, 2017

The Briscoes Lady’s guide to unlocking eternal happiness

Despite 30 years of relentless sales, the Briscoes Lady remains as energetic and positive as ever. Tara Ward tries to figure out why. 

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Television
Oct 24, 2017

Top ten moments from a very long and sexy Outlander reunion

Tara Ward counts down the top ten moments from 'A. Malcolm', the sixth episode of Outlander season three. Contains major spoilers, obviously. 

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Television
Oct 20, 2017

Mum is an awkward British love letter to difficult families everywhere

Tara Ward watches British sitcom Mum, a show for anyone who has found themselves in an inescapable family mess. 

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Television
Oct 10, 2017

Outlander recap: Let’s do the time warp again

Tara Ward counts down the top ten moments from ‘Freedom & Whiskey’, the fifth episode of Outlander season three. Contains major spoilers, obviously.

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Television
Oct 3, 2017

Outlander recap: Where has our fierce Claire gone?

Tara Ward counts down the top ten moments from ‘Of Lost Things’, the fourth episode of Outlander season three. Contains major spoilers, obviously.

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Television
Sep 29, 2017

The six simple steps to becoming a fierce warrior from Vikings

Is Vikings fake news or did they really have those exuberant ponytails? Before the new season comes to Lightbox in December, Tara Ward tides herself over with some learning in Real Vikings. 

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Television
Sep 26, 2017

Top ten moments from a very sad episode of Outlander

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

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Television
Sep 19, 2017

Help me: I’ve started agreeing with Mike Hosking’s opinions

Last seen two weeks ago sipping on a pink panther at Toni Street's birthday party, Mike Hosking made his return to terrestrial television last night. Tara Ward was watching. 

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Television
Sep 18, 2017

What in the hell has happened to Jamie Fraser’s hair?

Superfan Tara Ward counts down the top ten moments from episode two of Outlander season three. Contains spoilers, obviously. 

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Television
Sep 14, 2017

Remembering Toby, the TV One-der dog of the 90s

Tara Ward gazes back through time to remember TV One's Toby, the goodest boy to ever grace the small screen. 

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Television
Sep 11, 2017

The drought is over! The top ten moments from the return of Outlander

Superfan Tara Ward counts down the top ten moments from the triumphant return of Outlander season three. Contains spoilers, obviously. 

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Television
Aug 31, 2017

Inside the Lightbox: The best shows to make it past 100 episodes

As Suits clocks up its 100th episode, Tara Ward rounds up more shows on Lightbox that have made it well past triple digits. 

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Television
Aug 29, 2017

The best Shortland Street weddings in the world… EVER!!!

Following last night's love fest, Tara Ward walks back down a very long aisle of dramatic Shortland Street nuptials.

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Television
Aug 24, 2017

So Rachel Hunter got her butt electrocuted on TV last night

Tara Ward heads to the big apple with Our Rachel and a butt-tightening machine in Rachel Hunter's Tour of Beauty.

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Television
Aug 22, 2017

Not Jane Yee on The Block: Are Ling and Zing going for a Nobel Prize?

With Jane Yee galavanting away across the ditch, Tara Ward steps up to power rank the only four night a week NZ renovation show that matters. 

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Television
Aug 21, 2017

An incomplete catalogue of television’s strongest winter looks

Still feeling the chill? Tara Ward assembles some of the best TV looks to warm the cockles of your cold heart. 

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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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