Valentino (Valery) Wichman

Valentino (Valery) Wichman is a Barrister and Solicitor working for the Cook Islands Government and is currently the Director of the Central Policy and Planning Office at the Office of the Prime Minister.

She is a leading and long-time campaigner for Human Rights in the Cook Islands, receiving a Queens Young Leaders(QYL) Award in 2016.

Valery is also the President of Te Tiare Association, one of the two rainbow associations in the country. Amongst other things, Valery is currently working on completing Te Ara Akapapa’anga Nui 2020+, or the  Cook Islands National Sustainable Development Agenda 2020+, a 100 generational view based on putting people as the focus of development and their Turanga Memeitaki, or wellbeing, at the core.