UPDATE 1-RBNZ holds interest rates at record lows, will remain low for a while


WELLINGTON, June 22 (Reuters) - New Zealand's central bank kept its benchmark interest rate at a record low of 1.75 percent on Thursday, and reiterated it would remain unchanged for a while yet.

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand Governor Graeme Wheeler said monetary policy "will remain accommodative for a considerable period", sticking to language used in the central bank's statetments from February, March and May.

Wheeler said that a lower New Zealand dollar, which has risen by around 3.0 percent since May, would help rebalance the growth outlook. The NZ dollar jumped towards four-month highs to $0.7280 from around $0.7211 before the statement was released. It then began to retrace and was trading around $0.7247 by 2120 GMT.

"Numerous uncertainties remain and policy may need to adjust accordingly," Wheeler said in a statement accompanying the rate decision.

The central bank took away a reference made in the May statement that developments since the last monetary policy statement had been neutral for monetary policy, which economists at the time considered to be an "aggressively neutral" position.

None of the 26 economists forecast expected the RBNZ to move this week, though four thought a hike was possible as early as the first quarter of 2018.

"The broad message is unchanged the Reserve Bank is cautious, it's watchful, but it's neutral. It looks like the hurdle from them to shift from that neutral stance in either direction remains very high," Philip Borkin, senior economist at ANZ.

For the text of the statement click on (Additional Reporting by Swati Pandey and Wayne Cole in Sydney)