David Joseph Braithwaite OBE (born 1936/1937) is a former New Zealand politician. He was mayor of Hamilton from 2001 to 2004.
Both of Braithwaite's parents were prominent in civic life in Hamilton. His father, Roderick Braithwaite, served as mayor of Hamilton, between 1953 and 1959; and his mother, Kathleen Braithwaite (née Arey), was a city councillor from 1962 to 1974, including a period as deputy mayor.
In the 1992 Queen's Birthday Honours Braithwaite was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to the Trustbank organisation and the community.