Tara Ward

Tara Ward writes about television and pop culture.

Television
Jan 22, 2021

Who are the men looking for love on The Bachelorette NZ?

Tara Ward hands out her first impression roses as she dives deep into the sea of single men vying to win The Bachelorette NZ’s heart. 

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Television
Sep 15, 2020

So much more than a home reno show: The simple joys of Grand Designs NZ

Grand Designs NZ isn't just about the buildings, it's about the people who fill them.

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NEON
Sep 8, 2020

What happens on Love Island USA does not stay on Love Island USA

Grab your Factor 50 and put all your eggs into someone else’s basket, because a new season of Love Island USA just landed on Neon. 

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Television
Sep 7, 2020

Hopes, hearts and hornbags collide on the new season of The Farmer Wants a Wife

It might be the most bonkers reality show of all, but Farmer Wants a Wife is back for 2020.

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Television
Aug 26, 2020

Review: Mystic takes Pony Club Secrets and turns it into a gripping teen drama

Looking for a family friendly drama to enjoy this lockdown? TVNZ's new teen series Mystic might be the perfect choice. 

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Television
Aug 22, 2020

All that glitters is not Gloss: Shortland Street reunites the stars of NZ’s classic 80s drama

It's the television reunion you didn't know you needed, and a reminder of one of the best New Zealand shows you might never have seen. 

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Television
Aug 20, 2020

Review: Glow Up NZ shows that makeup is more than skin deep

Glow Up NZ is the latest reality franchise to hit New Zealand screens, and Tara Ward discovers a show with plenty of heart. 

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Television
Aug 16, 2020

Netflix’s Selling Sunset gives you a glimpse of glamour, but not much else

The latest season of Selling Sunset just dropped, but Tara Ward recommends that you set your expectations as low as that sun.

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Television
Aug 15, 2020

In the World’s Toughest Race, Bear Grylls is the gift that just keeps on going

You don't have to leave your couch to enjoy Grylls' new show, it's right there on Amazon Prime Video.

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Television
Aug 13, 2020

INSiDE: the lockdown TV drama that Prime wants to keep locked away

A new Kiwi drama about life in lockdown was dropped from Prime's schedule, just days before it was due to start. What's going on?

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Television
Aug 8, 2020

Lifetime television is finally in NZ, so it’s time to dive into the trash tip

Looking for a wonderfully trashy movie to watch? TVNZ OnDemand now has some of Lifetime's best dramas for your viewing pleasure. 

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Television
Aug 1, 2020

Belly flops and budgie smugglers: Cannonball is your Saturday night delight

Finished watching Floor is Lava, and looking for your next dose of bonkers TV? Cannonball might be the show for you. 

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Television
Jul 27, 2020

Come On to New Zealand: The 1980s tourism video that wants you to get nude

Tara Ward takes a trip back in time with this classic 1980s New Zealand tourism video.

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Television
Jul 24, 2020

Seven Sharp just told everyone the Tooth Fairy’s not real, and people are mad

Seven Sharp waded into controversy last night with a shocking Tooth Fairy related admission.

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Television
Jul 17, 2020

The Repair Shop is the nicest show on television right now

Think The Repair Shop is just a boring television show for the oldies? Think again. 

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Television
Jul 13, 2020

One step closer to home: We cast a New Zealand version of The Chase

New Zealanders can't get enough of The Chase, so why can't we have our own version? And what would a homegrown version of the quiz show look like anyway?

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Television
Jul 8, 2020

17 years later, Claire’s death on McLeod’s Daughters will still make you cry

Claire from McLeod’s Daughters died in 2003 and Tara Ward is still not over it.

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Television
Jul 3, 2020

Shortland Street celebrates 7,000 episodes while social distancing

Keep your hands away from each other, you socially distanced horn bags.

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Television
Jul 3, 2020

Review: Netflix’s The Baby-Sitters Club is the show of your pre-teen dreams

Netflix's adaptation of The Baby-Sitters Club makes long-time fan Tara Ward fall in love with the series all over again.

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Television
Jun 30, 2020

Big Brother vs Masterchef: Which old-school Aussie reality show rules supreme?

Two Australian shows, three nights of television. Which reality veteran wins?

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Television
Jun 28, 2020

Back to bum dance, back to reality: Rewatching the first-ever episode of Big Brother Australia

A new season of Big Brother Australia starts tonight, but where did it all begin?

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Television
Jun 19, 2020

Power ranking the diary room chairs of Big Brother

With a new season of Big Brother Australia underway, Tara Ward looks back at the show's history through a single object: the diary room chair. 

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TVNZ
Jun 18, 2020

Home sweet home: The rise of the dark family drama

You can’t choose your family, but you can choose your drama. Tara Ward rounds up the five best family dramas on TVNZ on Demand.

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Television
Jun 14, 2020

Here’s what you need to know about Neon merging with Lightbox

Streaming services Neon and Lightbox will merge next month. So what does this mean for your favourite shows?

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TVNZ
Jun 4, 2020

From your couch to the world in five shows

Tara Ward rounds up all the TVNZ shows that will also take you from your armchair to locales far and wide.

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Media
Jun 3, 2020

Noel Edmonds on his new life in NZ: ‘I’m not bringing Mr Blobby over’

Noel Edmonds is a British TV legend with a 50 year career in broadcasting. So why did he move to Matakana and launch a radio station?

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Television
May 31, 2020

Beat the Chasers is the quiz show spinoff of your wildest dreams

All five of The Chase brainiacs have teamed up to stretch their intellectual muscles in an action-packed offshoot of the cult favourite.

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