with John Cowan

7:30pm Sunday nights

Sam Johnson

04 March 2012

Sam has been the main organiser behind the Volunteer Student Army cleaning the streets in Christchurch.

Originally from Mayfield, Sam went to school in Christchurch, before spending a gap year overseas. Returning to New Zealand he started his degree in law and political science at Canterbury University.

In 2010 he was elected to the Riccarton/Wigram Community Board, determined to show that young people are an invaluable asset to their communities.

When the Canterbury quakes hit, Sam’s simple idea of a page on Facebook gathered a few hundred, then a few thousand volunteers together to remove the liquefaction from the streets of Christchurch.

Sam put his university study on hold as the volunteer army grew and proved to be a full-time commitment.

Sam was named Young New Zealander of the Year in February 2012.

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