About Us

Ranga Lasantha, an IT professional originally from Sri Lanka, is the founder of Automotive Recruitment Ltd. He arrived in NZ in 2011 and after graduating, he moved to Gisborne for employment.

While there, Ranga met some Sri Lankans who were working at a truck-stop company. The company had sourced the employees directly, albeit with a number of challenges in the process. This was Ranga’s lightbulb moment. He realised how beneficial it would be for NZ companies to partner with a NZ based recruitment migration service, led by an experienced professional with strong ties to the migrant community. And so the idea was born, and in 2014, Automotive Recruitment Ltd was launched.

Automotive Recruitment Services specialises in sourcing, assessing and placing highly skilled migrants across 4 key roles in the automotive sector; Automotive Technicians, Diesel Mechanics, Spray painters, and Panel Beaters.

We are incredibly well-connected within the Middle Eastern migrant community and we leverage these relationships and networks to attract candidates with the right skills & experience for our clients. Since establishment in 2014, the company has successfully assisted large number of migrant professionals in securing employment in NZ. Ranga is now based in Te Awamutu but has a client base stretching the length of NZ.

Sathiyatharshiny Muralidaran (Sathiya)


Sathiya is a New Zealand and Sri Lankan qualified lawyer and she is working for Kannangara Thomson as a Solicitor. Sathiya will be handling all our work visa and student visa applications and attending to the related inquiries in relation to New Zealand Immigration.

She rendered her service as a lecturer in law and visiting lecturer at two Universities in Sri Lanka. Sathiya also had two years working experience as a Lawyer at the Securities Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka which is the sole regulatory body for the Securities Market in Sri Lanka.

She joined Kannangara Thomson in October 2012 after migrating to New Zealand in the same year and was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in 2015.
Sathiya is specialized in residential conveyancing, Immigration, Wills, Trusts & Enduring Powers of Attorney.

Sathiya treasures her time with her son. In her spare time she enjoys dancing Bharathanaatyam (Classical Indian Dance), listening to music, painting, gardening and cooking.

  • Phone-General line: (0064) 3 377 4421
  • Phone- Direct line: (0064) 3 903 0102
  • Mobile: (0064) 21 035 6104
  • Fax: (0064) 3 377 4422
  • Email: sathiya@ktlaw.co.nz
  • Website: www.ktlaw.co.nz
  • Address: Level 2, 575 Wairakei Road, Burnside, Christchurch, New Zealand