July 3, 2018 / 5:00 PM / 14 days ago

- New Zealand house prices rise by annual 5.7 pct in June - official valuer

WELLINGTON, July 4 (Reuters) - New Zealand house prices rose by an annual 5.7 percent in June to an average value of NZ$675,680 ($452,900) government valuer Quotable Value (QV) said on Wednesday.

* Slowdown from 6.9 percent growth the previous month

* Values in Auckland slipped 0.2 percent in the second quarter for annual growth of 0.8 percent

* Loosening of central bank lending restrictions and the quieter winter months contributing to easing pace of growth ($1 = 1.4919 New Zealand dollars) (Reporting by Charlotte Greenfield Editing by Eric Meijer)

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