Johann studied at St Patrick’s Silverstream in Wellington, a conservative catholic college where he consistently challenged the school’s heterosexist attitudes. He is a very active online advocate on LGBTQI+ issues with a large following, and set up a support group for LGBTQI+ students at school and, with the help of the school counsellor, changed the attitudes of the school’s priest and headmaster.
Johann is also very active in the wider community including St John’s Ambulance, where he is a Cadet Leader and has received the St John’s Grand Prior’s Award. He set up his own group, The Compassionate Marists, to assist elderly residents in rest homes and was recognised for this work by the Upper Hutt City Council. He was also a Youth Advisor to this council.
Johann will be studying medicine in Auckland.