'It's really bad': Rhys Darby chats to Sharyn and Jayden about Tall Poppy Syndrome
Sharyn & Jayden
Sharyn & Jayden

'It's really bad': Rhys Darby chats to Sharyn and Jayden about Tall Poppy Syndrome

The kiwi actor and comedian discusses the state of New Zealand's Tall Poppy Syndrome.
5 August 2022 4:17PM

New Zealand Actor and Comedian Rhys Darby joined us in the studio to discuss what he's been up to and his debut lead acting role on 'Our Flag Means Death' alongside fellow Kiwi Taika Waititi. 

During our chat with him, we stumbled across the topic of Tall Poppy Syndrome in New Zealand and whether he still believes it is prevalent within our country. 

If you haven't heard of Tall Poppy Syndrome before, it's official definition is as follows. 

"A perceived tendency to discredit or disparage those who have achieved notable wealth or prominence in public life"

It's been a known as a critical element of our culture here in New Zealand for decades and is identified when others try to diminish the success of others. 

When we discussed the issue with Rhys, he explained he still thinks Tall Poppy Syndrome is bad here in Aotearoa. 

Have a watch of the chat below.

Rhys discussed that leaving the country helps with getting a wider perspectie to see New Zealand from a different perspective. 

During the conversation, he spoke about how he previously made a TV show called 'Short Poppies', making fun of the syndrome. 

While Rhys admitted he doesn't know how to solve the issue, he did say this when discussing the path to success. 

"You need people in your team or friends or family that you can trust and rely on and that have your back because the whole journey involves a lot of naysayers" he said. 

Such wise words from an iconic Kiwi legend, we love ya Rhys!