(Corrects first bullet point to show pace increased in January compared with December)
WELLINGTON, Feb 5 (Reuters) - New Zealand house prices rose an annual 4.4% in January to an average value of NZ$714,747, government valuer Quotable Value (QV) said on Wednesday.
* Pace increased from 4.0% percent growth in December.
* Property values rose 0.1% year on year in the Auckland region.
* Steady demand across the spectrum of buyers, coupled with the shortage of listings meant values are continuing rise, according to QV.
Reporting by Praveen Menon