David Haxton, Editor of Kapiti News, loves writing stories about people who have overcome the odds, people who have worked hard to succeed, and breaking news.
David Haxton is the editor of the Kāpiti News. The newspaper is a two-time finalist in the Voyager Media Awards community newspaper of the year category. When I was a college student, a science teacher encouraged us to read the newspaper and be informed. The advice stuck. I became interested in the news. I graduated from the Peter Arnett School of Journalism, at the Southern Institute of Technology, in 2000, before joining the Kāpiti News early in 2001 firstly as a reporter and then becoming editor. It has been a long haul but it's a great community to work in, there’s a constant supply of interesting stories to write, the commute is only a few minutes, and I live near the beach. I’ve got a young family and the coast is an awesome great place for them to grow up in. I love writing stories about people who have overcome the odds, people who have worked hard to succeed, and breaking news is still a buzz. It’s also great being part of the wider NZME whānau and seeing our stories reach national and overseas audiences.
Swimmer overcomes challenges to finish epic ocean swim
It took Shalyse Murphy longer than expected. But she did it.
Growth in Hoop Club Kāpiti ranks sparks call for sports hub
'We’ve got 30 to 40 kids, which is very unusual at this point in time.'
Fish and prize auctions set to fundraise raise a lot of money.
Mary Potter Hospice and Paraparaumu Fire Brigade benefit from fundraiser.
Boxer predicts 'good scrap' for his professional debut
Michael Reynolds' professional debut gets under way next month.
Young referee excited to be part of Touch World Cup
Samuel Taylor will be blowing the whistle at the global competition.
New biography highlights achievements of two remarkable people
Byron Brown and Mary-Annette Hay featured in new book.
Life crossroads leads to thriving wedding and events venue
After a key decision was made, Janine Sudbury hasn't looked back.
Park plans on hold as costs and antisocial behaviour increase
The brakes have been put on Kāpiti's Otaraua Park development.
Royal memories book a ‘a captivating collection of experiences and perspectives’
The book stemmed from write-your-story workshops.
Helen Gordon awarded QSM for work with girls and visually impaired
The Waikanae stalwart's connection to Girls' Brigade dates back to the 1970s.
Nature reserve stalwart loves sharing his knowledge
Rhys Mills is a key person at the Ngā Manu Nature Reserve.
Former mayor inducted into Kiwi Indian Hall of Fame
The honour "came out of the blue".
Ice cream and raspberry-infused beers started niche for craft beer company
The experimental beers gave Duncan's Brewing Company clear direction.
Pōhutukawa trees cut down without council permission
Council begins inquiry after "unfortunate" removal of trees on public land.
Very cute: Pūkeko parents and chick snap wins photographer major award
Roger Smith had to crawl to a hidden space before clicking his camera.
Kids thrilled as NZDF chopper swoops down on school
A helicopter visit thrills Te Rā School students.
Celebrated potter's beehive kilns are the jewel in new ceramic arts hub
The Kilns at Te Horo opens to the public on December 14.
Plan seeks to convert boat ramp to pedestrian access only
Boat ramp has "specific issues" associated with it.
Blooming success for retirement villages' flower show
The show had a festive feel to it.
Artist selected to create in the silence of a Scandinavian winter
'It’s an opportunity that, at the age of 70, I never thought I’d get.'
Safety and structure issues arise at Paraparaumu Fire Station
Damage from an earthquake sparked a wider structural investigation.
Beanie me up: Women knits 1000 woolly hats for children
Norma McCallum's hobby benefits children.
Māori ward: Kāpiti Coast District Council votes yes
Council votes 9-2 in favour of a Māori ward.
Free food shop helps people in need and removes stigma
The service is a "reinvention of a foodbank".
Teenager impresses in the competitive world of BMX
Tom Coleman has won a major sporting award.
Ballet icon farewelled in special celebration service
Paekākāriki's St Peter's Hall packed to celebrate amazing life.
Watch: College staff and students face-off in epic dance challenge
"The kids loved it and I think they were quite surprised by how good the staff were."
Lasting impact: Remembering ballet icon Sir Jon Trimmer
Tributes for Sir Jon Trimmer, "a unique person, loved by anyone his path crossed".