Entrenchment would mean that to get rid of the seat entirely, 75% of parliament has to vote in favour of getting rid of that seat. Currently, all general seats are entrenched, but Māori seats are not.
So, at the moment, a simple majority could see the Māori seats removed from existence.
While it’s almost certain that Labour and the Greens will support this legislation, entrenchment of anything requires a supermajority – 75% of parliament needs to vote for this.
Meaning that it’s National’s choice whether or not this passes.
National has had a policy that’s been around forever of getting rid of the Māori seats at some point – but they’ve also had a practice of procrastinating on that policy.
And with the Māori duo of Simon Bridges and Paula Bennet in the leadership and deputy leadership roles of National, I think this piece of legislation has a chance of getting through.