Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce expects wananga will welcome plans to change the make-up of their governing councils.
Mr Joyce is proposing to slash university and wananga councils from up to 20 members, to between eight and 12, with four members appointed by the Government and the institutions themselves deciding how to appoint the remainder.
He says wananga were set up with the same governance model as other tertiary institutions, even though they have quite different stakeholders.
Mr Joyce says that has been a source of tension in relation to who gets represented on the wananga council, and he thinks wananga will embrace the changes.
He says the change could give iwi greater representation on wananga councils.