New Zealand has let itself down with its promises in advance of the UN summit, Newsroom says. New Zealand played many useful roles in helping to build a new international order after World War II. But we’ve lost the plot with our “improved” NDC. In reality, our true emission reductions will be less than 25 percent, estimates Bill Hare, of Climate Analytics. But don’t heap all the blame on our politicians. We are a democracy so we get the political leaders we choose; and they can only act as boldly or as quickly as significant public support will allow.