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
Nov 12, 2018

Outlander recap: You're not in Scotland anymore, Dorothy

Claire and Jamie aren't in Lallybroch anymore. They're in Kansas (or somewhere south of there). Tara Ward recaps the second episode of season four of Outlander.

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Television
Nov 6, 2018

The Great Kiwi Bake Off power rankings: Scone but not forgotten

Zip yourself into your sourdough onesie and relax into your ciabatta couch, because it’s Bread Week, my little GKBO doughballs of happiness. Tara Ward power-ranks episode four.

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Television
Nov 5, 2018

Outlander just made a bloody strong (and sexy) return

Tara Ward recaps the rollicking premiere of Outlander season four, available exclusively on Lightbox. Contains major spoilers.

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Television
Oct 30, 2018

The Great Kiwi Bake Off Power Rankings: Pavlova puts national pride on the line

Polish off your whisk and separate your egg whites because it's Dessert Week on The Great Kiwi Bake Off. 

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Television
Oct 23, 2018

The Great Kiwi Bake Off power rankings: Sweet tops and salty bottoms

The slice of heaven that is The Great Kiwi Bake Off was this week awash with sweet and/or salty caramel. Tara Ward gives us the power rankings.

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Society
Oct 23, 2018

The Spinoff reviews New Zealand #72: Kowhai Park, the nation’s best playground

Best playground in New Zealand? According to whom, exactly? Tara Ward and her kids review Whanganui's greatest claim to fame.

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Television
Oct 16, 2018

The Great Kiwi Bake Off Power Rankings, episode one: Welcome to Moistland

Complete with hard tops and soggy bottoms, The Great Kiwi Bake Off premiered on TVNZ2 tonight. Tara Ward has the power rankings.

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Lightbox
Oct 2, 2018

Your Lightbox TV survival guide to the school holidays

It’s school holiday time again, and to help us survive the next two weeks of quality time with the fruits of our loins, we must turn to everything that is right and fair about the world: the television. 

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Freeview
Oct 1, 2018

The best Freeview TV for the school holidays

Keeping kids entertained during the holidays just became a lot easier, thanks to the new and improved Freeview On Demand. Tara Ward explores some of the best shows for children.

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Television
Sep 30, 2018

For goodness Gizzy me: sweating through the Block NZ Finale

'All the teams want is a happy ending,' Mark Richardson announced, as he welcomed us to The Block NZ 2018 live auction. Speak for yourself, Mark.

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Television
Sep 27, 2018

The Block, week 12: Tools are finally, finally down

Friends, we've finally made it. Tools are officially down, and The Block NZ is nearly over for 2018.

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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
Sep 20, 2018

The Block NZ, week 11: Life on The Point is getting out of control

It's the home stretch on The Block NZ and things are getting more fragile than a marshmallow spaghetti sculpture.

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Television
Sep 13, 2018

The Block NZ, week 10: Welcome to Sheep World, humans

Just when you thought The Block NZ had thrown everything at us, Mark Richardson uttered the immortal words: “Welcome to Sheep World”.

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Freeview
Sep 9, 2018

Freeview: the Te Papa of television

Thanks to Freeview on Demand, finding your next favourite New Zealand television show is now easier than Minogue and O’Leary finding a thirsty vampire on Wellington Paranormal.

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Television
Sep 6, 2018

The Block NZ, week 9: A David Seymour appears

We’ve hit the arse end of The Block NZ like a human Birdman belly-flopping into the ocean. It’s Kitchen and Dining week!

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Television
Aug 30, 2018

The Block NZ, week 8: Bedrooms, bedknobs and nipple colours

Welcome to Week 8 of The Block NZ, in which Jason Gunn and Tom Sainsbury blesses us with their presence, Mark literally blows his own trumpet, and Chlo and Em choose their paint based on the colour of their mother’s nipples.

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Television
Aug 24, 2018

Where’s American Woman Alicia Silverstone been since Clueless?

Alicia Silverstone was the It Girl of the mid-nineties, and she's back heading up a new show which drops on Lightbox today.

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Television
Aug 23, 2018

The Block NZ, week 7: The Wolf unleashes

Hobsonville Point had it all this week: scandal, drama, and a thousand painted teardrops on the window of Agni’s soul.

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Television
Aug 16, 2018

The Block NZ, week 6: The worst memes known to man

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. It involved vanilla sponge. Tara Ward power-ranks week six of The Block NZ.

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Freeview
Aug 10, 2018

All of free to air TV, all in one place: meet the new Freeview

Tara Ward takes the new Freeview platform for a test drive.

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Television
Aug 9, 2018

The Block NZ, week 5: Cheaters run rife in Hobsonville

As we reeled from last week’s messy memories of the disastrous shit river in Chlo and Em’s house, a new Block NZ poonami threatened to wash us all away in a wave of shock and scandal.

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Television
Aug 2, 2018

The Block, week four: The oldies keep on rollin’

Welcome to week four of The Block NZ, where the raw salad of life was chopped up and laid out before our very eyes.

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Television
Jul 25, 2018

The Block, week 3: That’s not Mark Richardson

Let’s take our seat at the trestle table of broken dreams, as we devour this week’s serving of The Block NZ power rankings.

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Television
Jul 25, 2018

Is it you or is it me? Viewers react to shock Shortland Street move

Yesterday, it was announced that Shortland Street's famous hourlong winter Mondays will transform into a six night monster. And the internet was shook.

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