The notoriously clunky Disclose website is getting a face-lift in the new year to bring it into line with other NZ Companies Office (NZCO) websites.
Disclose would share the same look as the recently-refurbished NZCO suite of 23 database front-ends that include registers of companies, financial services providers, charitable trusts, unions as well as legacy information about unit trusts and superannuation schemes.
“We’ve used this opportunity to refresh and update the content to make sure the information is clear and helpful to you,” the Disclose website says. “The changes resulted from feedback and customer research.”
The Disclose redesign comes with a new help centre offering “50 helpful guides” to help users navigate its nooks and crannies.
While the update is more of a fresh coat of paint than a fundamental rebuild, James Hartley, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment financial markets policy manager, said work was “progressing well” on new consumer-friendly search function for Disclose.
“It’s going to add a lot of search functionality for investors to compare schemes and offers,” Hartley said. “We’re probably going to go live with it in the second half of 2018.”
The consumer search function for Disclose was mooted when the website launched in 2015 but its development has dragged longer than expected.
Disclose is the repository for all public documents issued by investment schemes covered by the Financial Markets Conduct Act.