17 Sep 2009

Worst of recession to come, child summit told

4:17 pm on 17 September 2009

A summit on children and the recession has been told the worst is yet to come for New Zealand households, despite an apparent lift in economic activity.

The group, Every Child Counts, has convened the first summit of its kind in the South Auckland suburb of Mangere.

Economist David Grimmond told the summit on Wednesday that families, and children in particular, have yet to feel the full force of the recession. He says unemployment has not reached its peak and household costs will remain high as the country struggles to correct its economic deficit.

Mr Grimmond says children born during a recession will have less opportunities later in life and face higher mortality risks.